Dan Jarvis, Ch Insp Jason Dickson and PCC Barry Coppinger
Shadow Justice Minister Dan Jarvis visited Teesside last week and met with PCC Barry Coppinger and Local Area Police Commander, Jason Dickson.
The PCC and Chief Inspector Dicksonwere able to brief Mr Jarvis on local issues in Redcar and Dormanstown, where Dan visited the local community. The PCC was able to raise a number of issues of concern regarding the funding of victims services and highlighted a number of areas of progress being made in Cleveland.
Details of the briefing are set out below…..
Briefing Note for Dan Jarvis MP visit to Redcar – January 2015
Work has been done across Cleveland to improve the victim’s experience of the Criminal Justice System, to increase victim safety and reduce intimidation, to support young people and to build confidence and awareness, namely:
- The purchase of 93 body worn video cameras for roll out to response Officers
- Two video links to courts – one from the SARC and one from My Sister’s Place Domestic Abuse Support Service.
- Pre-trial therapy training programme to a wide range of individuals ranging from Mental Health agencies, Children’s Services, Domestic and Sexual Violence Service, the SARC, local colleges and private counsellors.
- The purchase of TecSOS emergency phones to be handed to victims to enable them to feel safer in their homes.
- Operation Encompass Programme where schools are informed before the start of the day of any incidences of Domestic Violence where a young person has been involved / present.
- On 1 April 2015 a Cleveland Wide Victims Services Directory will be launched to act as a one stop shop for any information victims may require about the services available in their area.
- Introduction of Cleveland wide Safe Places scheme with designated venues such as shops, libraries, Council Offices etc where vulnerable people can go if they feel unsafe or need assistance. Corporate sign up from Marks and Spencers.
- Introduction of Cleveland wide standards for third party reporting centres for hate crime. Delivered training for organisations and venues quality checked by PCC volunteers.
- Dip sampling of transphobic hate incidents across Cleveland and Durham with victims contacted by Victim Support as part of a workstream to improve hate crime victim’s experience through the criminal justice system – joint work between Cleveland and Durham PCC offices.
- Commissioned Gay Advice Darlington and Durham to produce an action plan and communications strategy to increase community confidence in reporting LGBT hate crime.
- Commissioned a training DVD for front line staff focusing on recognising disability hate crime. DVD has been shown across partner agencies both in Cleveland and further afield. Working on a DVD for schools.
- Speaking to Show Racism the Red Card to deliver a programme of hate crime education in selected schools.
- From April - December 2014, Cleveland Police have undertaken 725 Restorative Justice Interventions (428 Young People and 297 Adults).
The distribution of Ministry of Justice (MoJ) funding nationally has been based on population and this funding formula doesn’t adequately reflect the volume and needs of victims in our particular police area. We are working hard with Victim Support to provide services that meet the needs of victims within this limited resource – this will allow us to invest in the much needed specialist services locally.
Victim Support have indicated the cost of the current service to Cleveland is £336,000 – our MoJ allocation is £236,000. Victim Support on average is dealing with 12,000 victims in the Cleveland Police area per year. Victim Support currently only deal with victims of a subset of crime types specified by the MoJ. If we want them in the future to deal with all victims of crime and anti social behaviour, this would significantly increase costs. Cleveland Police currently deal with 36,000 crimes per annum.
Work to Date:
- Dip Sample (July 2014) of all incidents over a 3 day period being referred to victim support to ensure our processes meet the needs of victims.
- Working with a number of partner agencies to gain feedback from victims of good practice/areas for improvement through the use of a policy evidence tool (PET).
- Looking for opportunities to collaborate with other forces (Durham and North Yorkshire) to secure value for money and make the best use of resources.’
Posted on Monday 26th January 2015