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Welcome to my blog, where you can hear directly from the Police and Crime Commissioner.  There are also guest blogs from partners and people working alongside the PCC office.

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PCC Donna Jones responds to the Government’s Rape Review report

“Victims of rape have been let down by the criminal justice system for too long. I am seriously concerned about the drop in rape cases leading to charge and convictions.”

17 June 2021

6 March: Justice Week 2021 – Youth Commission working with CPS

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.

06 March 2021

5 March: Justice Week 2021 – Hidden heroes of the criminal justice system

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.

05 March 2021

4 March: Justice Week 2021 – ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’

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.

04 March 2021

3 March: Justice Week 2021 – Pandemic challenges met by the CPS

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.   

03 March 2021

2 March: Justice Week 2021 – Policing the pandemic

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.

02 March 2021

1 March: Justice Week 2021 – Coming together to tackle the impact of the pandemic

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.

01 March 2021

16 October 2020: Youth Commission during #HateCrimeAwarenessWeek – A workshop with the CPS

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. […]

16 October 2020

9 July 2020: Our commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity

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.

09 July 2020

08 April 2020: Staying safe at home when home is not the safest place

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.

08 April 2020

27 February 2020: How working in criminal defence gives vulnerable people a voice

Chloe Jay is a Criminal Defence Solicitor and Solicitor Advocate based in Winchester. In this interview Chloe tells us how she chose to work in the criminal justice system to give vulnerable people a voice, how she juggles the role with being a working mum and how she feels that the strength of the justice system is the dedicated and professional people working in it.

27 February 2020

25 February 2020: Youth Commission visits the CPS

On February 14, 11 Youth Commission members had an amazing opportunity to go and visit the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) office in Eastleigh. Casey Taylor, Youth Commission mentor and former member visited CPS Wessex with the Youth Commission members, and has written this blog about their visit. The visit started with a talk from the Chief Crown Prosecutor Jo Jakymec. Jo told us a bit about herself and what her role entails and why she chose to work within the CPS.

25 February 2020

19 December 2019: Jo Jakymec discusses 100 years of women in law

In support of the ‘First 100 Years’ project, CPS Wessex Chief Prosecutor Jo Jakymec outlines her journey to her current role, the support and challenges she has had along the way, and shares advice for women working in the Criminal Justice System.

19 December 2019

15 October 2019: Why Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centres are so important

To properly deal with Hate Crime it is vital that all incidents taking place are reported. Many go under reported, which is a problem considering the effect Hate Crime has on individuals, their families and a community.

15 October 2019

7 October 2019: ICVA chief executive Katie Kempen Walking the Job – EPIC

I was excited to visit Portsmouth’s new custody suite. I have heard that this new Police Investigation Centre (or PIC) is a flagship building. I’d been to Portsmouth’s old suite a few years back so I was keen to see what had changed. More than that, I love that it’s called EPIC. My seven-year-old calls all good things ‘epic’, it felt like a good omen and I was pleased to be welcomed along for a shift. I was not disappointed.

07 October 2019

25 September 2019: Chris Caesar discusses ‘Do crime reduction partnerships for businesses really work?’

Business Crime Reduction Partnerships work in partnership with the police and the local authority to reduce the negative impact of crime and disorder on businesses. They are a civil body in their own right governed by a body elected from its own member businesses. They share information and use jointly agreed enforcement rights to restrict access to premises and enforce self-established civil banning orders.

25 September 2019

15 July 2019: Mel Golding on Op Limelight, Forced Marriage and FGM

Today sees the start of ‘Operation Limelight’, a national operation at airports across the country to protect those that are vulnerable and at risk of Forced Marriage or Female Genital Mutilation.

15 July 2019

29 April 2019: Natasha Fletcher on our research partnership with local universities

Policing, the Criminal Justice System, support and intervention services all have to move and adapt with the changing nature of crime. But how do we know we are making the right decisions when it comes to shaping and investing in services or influencing policies?

29 April 2019

2 April 2019: RJ co-ordinator Lisa Allam on challenging assumptions

Since the Police and Crime Commissioner first commissioned a Restorative Justice (RJ) service across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton in 2016, the number of people contacting or being referred to the service has been rising steadily. But should it really be used for any crime type, including domestic and sexual abuse cases?

02 April 2019

6 February 2019: Insp Mel Golding talks about the Constabulary’s work on FGM

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM introduced by the United Nations 16 years ago. The policing response has developed considerably in Hampshire, developing partnership working through awareness training to equip those frontline services dealing with families to prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

06 February 2019

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