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Response to the CJINI inspection on Police Use of Discretion, Incorporating Penalty Notices

Responding to the publication of 'Police Use of Discretion, Incorporating Penalty Notices', an inspection report by the Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJINI), Paula Rodgers, Policy Coordinator at Include Youth, said:

"Include Youth welcomes the publication of this report as it accurately reflects the feedback from children, young people and communities that we have had with regards to discretionary disposal.

"It is a stark reminder to Public Prosecution Service (PPS) and particularly the PSNI of the challenges of ensuring comprehensive implementation of any new disposal which includes the provision of clear guidance and training for all relevant personnel as well as quality assurance.

"We have been concerned for some time about the appropriate information being given to both victims and alleged perpetrators of all new initiatives. We know employment is central to reducing offending in young people and we therefore welcome the inspectors acknowledgment that disclosing discretion can be to the determent of a young person's future. This report draws attention to the benefits of exempting discretion from disclosures to employers."

ENDS

Media Enquiries: For more information contact Sharon Whittaker, Communications Officer at Include Youth, on 028 9031 1007 or sharon@includeyouth.org

Previous comments made about 'speedy justice' can be viewed on the Detail TV.