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Recently members of the Youth Commission got the opportunity to meet, once again, with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to learn about and discuss the topic of county lines. This type of crime falls into our priority area of exploitation, as the success of these networks relies on the exploitation of vulnerable people. It also has close links to our priority area of serious violence.
Geoff Davis, Head of Operations from the South Central Region of the National Probation Service shares his thoughts on the impact of the last year on probation services, the rewriting of human contact and the hidden heroes in probation.
Chloe Jay, Defence Solicitor and member of the Local Criminal Justice Board outlines the challenges COVID has had over the last year, in particular the difficulties in delivering defence remotely, the serious impact of the last year on defence practitioners’ health and the significant impact of the delays on victims, witnesses and defendants – justice delayed is justice denied.
Joanne Jakymec, Chief Crown Prosecutor and member of the Local Criminal Justice Board talks about the tremendous effort from all criminal justice partners to ensure that justice could continue to be delivered throughout the pandemic, the importance of minimising the impact on victims and witnesses and how proud she is of the dedication and flexibility of CPS staff.
Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney and Chair of the Local Criminal Justice Board talks about how when the pandemic hit, policing started from the position of protecting the NHS and saving lives. The Chief Constable outlines the importance of staff wellbeing, how the job of policing shifted with new laws and responsibilities, balancing the restrictions with the 4Es policing approach and the impact on the wider criminal justice system.
To mark national Justice Week, partners working in the Local Criminal Justice Board are sharing their views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the system over the last year.
2020 began with the intimations of challenges to come, and went on to exceed what any of us could have expected. It required change, flexibility, and resilience. 2021 will be different, and I expect no less challenging. But I believe we can use all we have learned this year to take a better view of the future.
As we are nearing the end of what has been a challenging year for all of us, I want to update on some key developments within my work and that of my team.
This Hate Crime Awareness week, members of the Youth Commission were invited to an exclusive, albeit virtual, workshop with the Wessex branch of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). It was a fantastic opportunity to discuss all things hate crime with the legal experts – from the sentences, to rehabilitation, to the technicalities of protected characteristics. […]
It has been a busy summer for all of us and as we move into autumn I wanted to update you on some key initiatives my team have been working on, notwithstanding COVID and other continuing priorities.
‘Dig deeper. Look closer. Think bigger.’ is the mission statement for October Black History Month and when I look at what we are working to achieve at the OPCC and across the constabulary it feels like a very fitting set of statements summarising our ambition to champion equality and diversity issues.
We have seen from the Crime and Punishment episode tonight that policing continues to be under significant pressure with operational demand rising and resources being stretched due to prolonged underfunding. At the heart of that demand are the victims that deserve the right to justice and support from the whole criminal justice system.
We in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are committed to being accessible to and inclusive of all of the communities and people we serve.
Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner encourages us all to celebrate the vibrant and inclusive nature of our communities and the extraordinary work and engagement that takes place, but that we all appropriately object when we find failings in that delivery and when we see unacceptable behaviour against minority groups.
As the Prime Minister confirmed last night, “this is not the time simply to end the lockdown this week”. For today and planning for the coming week, it is still my advice that, if in doubt, you continue to stay safe and help others stay safe by adopting the measures of the last weeks.
As we approach a moment of remembrance and celebration recognising the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and that moment when, after a period of dark, struggle and sacrifice, the ‘Lights went on again’, we can toast those who went before and reinforce our own determination today to be united, all our communities, every man, woman and child, in a common purpose to find a new, better and safer future.
Earlier this week, Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane spoke to local radio station Unity 101 about the police response to COVID-19 and how his office supports Hampshire Constabulary as well as other organisations during the pandemic.
For so many, at the moment, each day, each shift, each hour, is a ‘come as you are’ event ‘to do all that we can’ to keep us all safer – and it remains essential that we all play our part. And of course, for all those ill, hours and minutes can matter.
Keeping people safe is everyone’s top priority, but we recognise that for some staying home is not as safe as it is for others. Sadly, there are examples in our communities, which we should all be alert to notice. It is important that anyone who is being abused at home knows they can still call the police and that there is help out there from local and national support services who continue to provide advice and assistance to those in need.
Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane re-iterates that it is absolutely vital to follow Government advice to help keep everyone safe in these unprecedented times.