Police asks for views of Somerset crime victims

This is The West Country: PCC Sue Mountstevens. PCC Sue Mountstevens.

VICTIMS of crime in Somerset are being invited to give feedback of their experience of the justice system by Avon and Somerset Police.

The call comes as a new Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, intended to improve the criminal justice process for those affected by crime, comes into force nationwide.

Victims will now be legally entitled to make a victim personal statement, or VPS, to explain how they were affected.

Businesses will also be able to set out how they have been impacted by crime.

Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I want to give all victims a louder voice, and I feel the Victims Code of Practice is an important development in ensuring that victims receive the best service, tailored to their individual needs, to help them with their recovery.

“I am particularly supportive of Victim Personal Statements which enable victims' voices to be heard, truly putting them at the heart of the criminal justice system.

"I am currently consulting with victims on their experiences of the criminal justice system and would encourage people to share them with me.”

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8:43pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Rusty Hinge says...

Common Sue, please update the public on the legalities of naming the "Misconduct cops who let the side down", (as reported in the Gazette and Bridgwater Mercury recently) and were dismissed. For example, one officer who was dismissed for telling a collegue to throw things out of a Police car. Things? - was it by chance a file marked "restricted access", detailing a "neighbourhood dispute", which strangely enough was handed in to the Bridgwater Mercury offices?. Was the officer male or female?. What was their rank?. If they ordered a colleague to do something, they must have been their senior. Common Sue, the public are sick of all this bullshite, no doubt you are already doing a great job, and we applaud that, but what the public want to see is the proper administration of justice, not criminals escaping the law time after time, and innocent victims being offered VPS statements. JUSTICE - a simple enough term, and concept, but as we all know, justice costs money, and the CPS is unwilling to spend it in most cases.
Common Sue, please update the public on the legalities of naming the "Misconduct cops who let the side down", (as reported in the Gazette and Bridgwater Mercury recently) and were dismissed. For example, one officer who was dismissed for telling a collegue to throw things out of a Police car. Things? - was it by chance a file marked "restricted access", detailing a "neighbourhood dispute", which strangely enough was handed in to the Bridgwater Mercury offices?. Was the officer male or female?. What was their rank?. If they ordered a colleague to do something, they must have been their senior. Common Sue, the public are sick of all this bullshite, no doubt you are already doing a great job, and we applaud that, but what the public want to see is the proper administration of justice, not criminals escaping the law time after time, and innocent victims being offered VPS statements. JUSTICE - a simple enough term, and concept, but as we all know, justice costs money, and the CPS is unwilling to spend it in most cases. Rusty Hinge

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