Joint CPS-HMIC report finds “progress still needs to be made” in digitisation of criminal justice process

A joint report authored by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) finds that “good progress” has been made in the move towards a fully digital system, but more work needs to be...
Posted On 13 Apr 2016
Jamie Wilson

Bobbies on the Beat… Or Not

It will come as no surprise to those working in front line policing and, indeed, the general public resident across England and Wales that police officers are often spending less than half of their time on the beat, writes Jamie Wilson. However, in recent headline stories, Her...
Posted On 11 Mar 2016

“Support for victims of crime at risk due to funding delay” warns Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Delays to Government funding around support for the victims of crime could lead to the loss of valuable services, elected Police and Crime Commissioners have warned. With many contracts coming to an end in March, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are now calling upon the...
Posted On 25 Jan 2016

Agreement reached on European Commission’s EU data protection reform

The European Commission first put forward its bold and forward-looking EU General Data Protection Regulation proposals back in January 2012 to “make Europe fit for the digital age”. Now, an agreement has been reached between the European Parliament and the Council in...
Posted On 21 Dec 2015
Baroness Helen Newlove: the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales

“Tens of thousands” of crime victims denied opportunity to give Personal Statement suggests Victims’ Commissioner

Victim Support has moved swiftly to express “serious concerns” that tens of thousands – and perhaps in excess of one million* – victims of crime every year are being denied the opportunity to make a Victim Personal Statement – not only denying those victims a voice,...
Posted On 23 Nov 2015
For the first time, the results of the latest British Crime Survey issued by the ONS show that fraud and cyber crime are the most prevalent types of criminality committed against people in England and Wales

British Crime Survey reveals true extent of fraud and cyber criminality in England and Wales

For the first time, the results of the latest British Crime Survey issued by the Office for National Statistics highlight the fact that fraud and cyber crime are the most prevalent forms of criminality perpetrated against individuals and businesses across England and Wales. The...
Posted On 16 Oct 2015
Alison Saunders: the Director of Public Prosecutions

DPP boosts support for victims of criminality by moving CPS paralegal staff to Crown Courts

Alison Saunders – the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) – is boosting the support offered to victims and witnesses at Crown Court proceedings by ensuring that the vital service offered by dedicated Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) paralegal staff is provided...
Posted On 14 Sep 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron

Conservatives outline security and policing plans in General Election Manifesto

The Conservative Party’s Manifesto for the 2015 General Election contains detailed sections on fighting crime and terrorism, and also places a strong emphasis on standing up for the victims of crime. Brian Sims takes a look at the Tories’ proposed plans for a post-7...
Posted On 15 Apr 2015
The latest the Crime Survey for England and Wales published by the ONS covers the year to September 2014

Criminality in England and Wales now at “lowest level since 1981” states Office for National Statistics

The latest Crime Survey for England and Wales issued by the Office for National Statistics for the year ending September 2014 shows that, for the offences covered, there were an estimated seven million incidents of criminality perpetrated against households and resident adults...
Posted On 22 Jan 2015
Alison Saunders: Director of Public Prosecutions

DPP to consult on greater assistance for crime victims giving evidence in Courts of Law

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has published a major consultation on the approach to ensuring crime victims are properly assisted for the trial process at court and has also called for an overhaul of the service provided to witnesses to ensure that they are...
Posted On 19 Jan 2015