Community Resolution was launched by Northumbria Police on August 1, and has already been piloted by four other forces. In the first week it was used over 70 times in Northumbria. Examples include:
A woman who stole cosmetics from a Wallsend shop agreed to write a letter of apology to the store as well as making a £10 donation to charity.
A youth who threw a stone through a window of a house in Washington had to pay for the damage as well as personally apologising to the householder.
A Sunderland shoplifter who stole a tube of hair gel was banned from the store and had to pick up litter from outside the shop for an hour.