Major consultation exercise launched today after feedback from victims’ forum

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Angus Macpherson, the Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, the Police and Crime Commissioner

Victims of crime in Wiltshire are to have the chance to shape the policies of Angus Macpherson, the Police and Crime Commissioner, in a major consultation exercise launched today.

Mr Macpherson wants victims to tell him about their experience of Wiltshire Police and other criminal justice service providers.

He said: “One of my key priorities is putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice process and improving services for victims and witnesses alike.

“As part of the changes which brought in Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales, the government has transferred responsibility for the commissioning of many victim services to PCCs.

“That budget needs to be spent carefully and in a way that will bring about long-lasting improvements to the care and support received by victims and witnesses as they go through the criminal justice system.

“Last year I set up a victims’ forum made up of practitioners who work in the criminal justice service. What emerged from the forum’s meetings was that they need to have input from victims and witnesses.

“They also felt that they should take a themed approach, for example concentrating on domestic abuse in one meeting and hate crime on another occasion.

“I have sat in on the forum meetings and have also taken part in question and answer sessions.

“Now I want to engage directly with victims and give them a much-needed voice. I will be meeting some people in small groups, but I am also inviting the public to share their views with a quick and easy questionnaire on my website.

“The feedback I receive from victims will help me to produce a strategy that will run like a golden thread through all my commissioning decisions.

“It is important to stress that I am defining victims in the very broadest sense: not just those who have gone through the criminal justice system.

"Victims can be whole communities, if, for example, a valued community asset is stolen or wrecked.

"Victims can also be the owners and employees of a business that has suffered financial loss through crime or anti-social behaviour.”

Mr Macpherson has arranged for Victims’ Voice consultations to take place in Wiltshire and during February and March with the help of the charity Victim Support.

The focus of the discussions will be on gaps in the support system, and on how to improve the services received from the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, support services and their local council.

Initially Mr Macpherson will be hearing from victims of domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour. He will then go on to talk to other victims to help finalise his commissioning strategy for victim services.

The Victims’ Forum met earlier this month for a session chaired by Wayne Stevens, divisional manager for Victim Support, looking at how best to engage with under-represented communities.

If you would like to contribute to the commissioner’s online consultation, visit www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk, go to the 'Partnership' tab and select 'Working with Victims'. The online consultation period runs until March 10.

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3:28pm Wed 22 Jan 14

brasstacks says...

Dear Angus....can you please NOT just "talk about it" but actually DO something about getting the Justice that Victims of Crime ALREADY have a Right to and do NOT get ?...

ps.....With respect.....suggest you FORGET trying to rob us all out of any extra Council Tax cause you think Wiltshire Police Force "is worth it"....and.... of course, remember if you want us to pay more for the Police, that will maybe be us paying your Pay Increase too??...

Please spend what we all ALREADY pay Wiltshire Council for the Police Services on jUST that ..

Do NOT ask for a raise in Council Tax to pay for a 'service" that would see little of it going on the under staffed Real Police left trying to help this County.....

FORGET that you are a Conservative and remember.....you ONLY have your Job because "Captain Dave" said" there have to be police commissioners"...

Victim Support DO try their very best but...when Cases get "referred" they end up in the hands of Conservative Led "decision makers'......

That is NOT Democracy.......
Dear Angus....can you please NOT just "talk about it" but actually DO something about getting the Justice that Victims of Crime ALREADY have a Right to and do NOT get ?... ps.....With respect.....suggest you FORGET trying to rob us all out of any extra Council Tax cause you think Wiltshire Police Force "is worth it"....and.... of course, remember if you want us to pay more for the Police, that will maybe be us paying your Pay Increase too??... Please spend what we all ALREADY pay Wiltshire Council for the Police Services on jUST that .. Do NOT ask for a raise in Council Tax to pay for a 'service" that would see little of it going on the under staffed Real Police left trying to help this County..... FORGET that you are a Conservative and remember.....you ONLY have your Job because "Captain Dave" said" there have to be police commissioners"... Victim Support DO try their very best but...when Cases get "referred" they end up in the hands of Conservative Led "decision makers'...... That is NOT Democracy....... brasstacks

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