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Criminal Justice Staff in the Hot Seat at Awareness Event

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Diverse community groups across Cleveland will have the opportunity to put staff from criminal justice agencies in the hot seat at a special interactive event.

Topics including hate crime, stop and search practices, the complaints process, victim support, and how the criminal justice system works will be discussed on 17th October.

People from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups, refugee community groups, faith groups and other community representatives are invited to attend.

The event has been organised by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “The Criminal Justice System can be a daunting prospect for victims and witnesses, particularly those who have been subject to hate crime.

“It’s important that people from diverse groups feel they have confidence in being able to report crime or approach agencies with issues and that they will be supported through the process.”

Equality, Diversity and Community Engagement Manager for the CPS, Caroline Airs, said: “The CPS works with the public in a number of ways to give reassurance and to ensure that we understand community concerns.

“This event gives us a great opportunity to explain our approach to racist and religious hate crime, and the many ways in which we work with BME communities, particularly through our Racist and Religious Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel.”

Anyone who wants to attend the event, which takes place between 5.30pm and 8.00pm in Middlesbrough, can contact Sarah Wilson on 01642 301446 or email sarah.wilson@cleveland.pnn.police.uk

 

Posted on Tuesday 15th October 2013
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