New code for victims of crime

A NEW victims’ code has been introduced by Wiltshire Police covering the support victims receive from reporting a crime to post-trial support.

The code will allowvictims the opportunity to read a Victim Personal Statement in court directly to offenders.

Up to now judges have been able to read these privately but victims were not able to read them aloud.

Also for the first time, businesses – victims of 9.2 million crimes committed each year – will be able to have their say by writing an impact statement to tell the court how a crime has affected them.

The new code sets out enhanced support for victims of the most serious crime, persistently targeted and vulnerable or intimidated victims.

It also includes a section dedicated to the needs of children and young people, their parents and guardians.

Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, said: “Being a victim of crime can be distressing, and the journey through the criminal justice system, for both victims and witnesses can be challenging.

“One of my key priorities as commissioner is to put victims at the heart of that process and to improve services both to victims and witnesses.

“I am delighted that the Victims’ Code comes into force today because it sets out victims’ entitlements and makes clear that criminal justice agencies are legally required to meet their obligations.”

Detective Chief Inspector Deb Smith, head of volume crime for Wiltshire Police, said: “The new code will ensure that victims of crime receive the best possible service from Wiltshire Police and partner criminal justice agencies with support and a level of service that is tailored to their individual needs.”

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12:19pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mender says...

I don’t agree. The problem faced by victims is the inability of the Wiltshire police to accept that a crime has been committed and that there is a victim. The police in Wiltshire only give a reported crime, a crime reference number when they are confident that they have adequate evidence to solve it, otherwise the matter is left as an alleged incident, unproven, with no crime or crime number recorded. The best support the victim can have is when the police actually investigate the crime professionally and help the victim by preventing the crime happening again. Unfortunately Wiltshire police have not yet grasped the idea of policing. It is my view they are more worried about their image and upsetting majorities than they are about the victims of crimes. It is my view that Wiltshire police deliberately allow some perpetrators of crime to walk free because of their politics and to make it look like to others that they have no crimes of that sort in their neighbourhood.
I don’t agree. The problem faced by victims is the inability of the Wiltshire police to accept that a crime has been committed and that there is a victim. The police in Wiltshire only give a reported crime, a crime reference number when they are confident that they have adequate evidence to solve it, otherwise the matter is left as an alleged incident, unproven, with no crime or crime number recorded. The best support the victim can have is when the police actually investigate the crime professionally and help the victim by preventing the crime happening again. Unfortunately Wiltshire police have not yet grasped the idea of policing. It is my view they are more worried about their image and upsetting majorities than they are about the victims of crimes. It is my view that Wiltshire police deliberately allow some perpetrators of crime to walk free because of their politics and to make it look like to others that they have no crimes of that sort in their neighbourhood. Mender
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