Sunday, 6 June 2010

Community Payback

I spent some time this morning with the Community Payback Team, cleaning the latest spell of graffiti to blight our area. The community Payback Team are made up of a number of individuals on probation. The range of duties these people carry out is quite diverse from removing graffiti to litter picking within different areas.

I feel that this type of mandatory work is positive but feel there should be more to it, such as more accountability to the community and their Victims. For example, an apology to the victim could make a big difference to them and could help them move on. There must also be a place for training and Education included in the Community hours these people receive. On the whole I feel the Community Payback Team improved the areas they worked in and that has to be a good thing, but feel there should and could be more to it.

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