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My Blog

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.

To find out more you can also look at PCC decisions and PCC’s team.


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

30 November 2018: Chloe Jay shares her experience of working in criminal defence

I recently had someone say to me that they thought of criminal defence work like ‘drain cleaning’ – a horrible job but someone has to do it!  I like to think that I managed to persuade him that actually it was an extremely fulfilling job but he was right about one thing; someone does have […]

30 November 2018

26 November 2018: Head of CPS Wessex discusses the Criminal Justice Process

My name is Joanne Jakymec, and I am the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Wessex, which covers Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Dorset and Wiltshire.  

26 November 2018

22 November 2018: Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney discusses Local Criminal Justice

A couple of weeks ago, a survey of 2,100 people, commissioned by various associations of legal professionals, found that Justice is as important to most people as health and education, but also revealed an alarmingly widespread belief that justice favours the wealthy. As a Chief Constable, whose service is delivered for all ‘without fear or favour’, this made me reflect.

22 November 2018

16 November 2018: Criminal Justice Month

Many people will know that the Police and Crime Commissioner works closely with policing but the role beyond policing is sometimes less well known. This beyond policing role not only refers to the commissioned services he funds to support those affected by crime but also to the work with partners across the local justice system.

16 November 2018

17 October 2018: Guest Blog – Consultation Board

Anja Kimberley looks at how the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office consults and gathers views. Consultation is more than just asking questions, it’s listening and taking action, this two-way feedback system is essential, though cannot be done in isolation. Working with our partners is key to reaching as many individuals as we can, with everyone’s overall aim of keeping residents safer.

17 October 2018

29 June 2018: Guest Blog – National Evidence Week

Anja Kimberley, Head of Performance and Information, shows how evidence is at the heart of decision making in the Commissioner’s office.

29 June 2018