Community justice at Brechin Probus

The chairman welcomed all to the Brechin and District Probus club meeting and expressed a special welcome to William Thomson, a new member, and to Sandy Firth attending as a guest of Ned Firth.

Phil Catherall addressed the subject of “Community Justice.”

Phil is employed by Angus Council and is a member of the Community Justice Service team.

He explained the structure and the various departments within the service and outlined the target groups that the system aims to assist toward rehabilitation and re-integration.

Since the introduction of Community Payback Orders a number of offenders who would have been given a short jail sentence now may be required to carry out unpaid work within the community.

The scope and nature of the work is dependent on the skill levels of the offenders and can include gardening, removal of graffiti, decoration of village halls, community garden care and footpath maintenance and repair in the glens.

The chairman reminded the members about the outing to the National Museum in Edinburgh on May 23.