Improving Our Criminal Justice System; Supporting Victims & Giving them a Voice

The APCC works with PCCs to support their critical role in the criminal justice system. This includes responsibility for commissioning services for victims of crime and ensuring that their needs are met. Additionally, PCCs are responsible for ensuring the local criminal justice system (including probation, prisons and courts) are efficient and effective and play a leading role in local Criminal Justice Boards working with a range of partners as a ‘whole system’ delivering justice and improving outcomes for victims.

Our priorities for victims and the criminal justice system are

  • To work with partners to develop the role of PCCs in the criminal justice system, enabling then to join up local CJS services more effectively, to reduce offending and to improve outcomes for victims.
  • To support PCCs in their role as commissioners of local services for victims and ensure that the needs, experiences, and voice of victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system and local and national developments.

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PORTFOLIO LEADS

The APCC’s work on the criminal justice system and supporting victims of crime is developed through two policy portfolios:

Victims

Leading our work to support victims’ services and to ensure that victims needs are at the heart of national debate and policy on policing and criminal justice.

Joint Lead: Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for London

Joint Lead: Donna Jones, PCC Hampshire

 

Criminal Justice System

Leading our work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, and to support PCCs to join up services locally.

Lead: David Lloyd, PCC Hertfordshire

Deputy: Emily Spurrell, PCC Merseyside

Modern Slavery

The APCC has formed links with the Modern Slavery Network to protect vulnerable people from exploitation and harm.

Joint Lead: Jeff Cuthbert, PCC Gwent

Joint Lead: Rupert Matthews, PCC Leicestershire

CONTACTS IN THE APCC TEAM

Ella Thomas - Senior Policy Manager

Ella leads on Victims and the Criminal Justice System

Email

Modern Slavery (TBC)

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Latest News

APCC Joint Victims Leads Donna Jones & Sophie Linden respond to the publication of draft Victims Bill

Government announces it will be publishing a draft Victims Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny.

Criminal Justice Think Piece

APCC Criminal Justice Leads explain how PCCs are putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system and driving improvements to local services.

Sophie Linden, APCC Joint Lead for Victims Portfolio

An update on the Victims Portfolio from Sophie Linden.

David Lloyd, APCC Lead for the Criminal Justice Portfolio

An update on the APCC Criminal Justice Portfolio from David Lloyd.

Emily Spurrell, APCC Deputy Lead, Criminal Justice

An update on the APCC Criminal Justice Portfolio from Emily Spurrell.

NPCC & CoP VAWG Outcomes and performance framework

APCC Victims Leads welcome the joint National Police Chiefs Council and College of Policing’s Violence Against Women and Girls Outcomes and performance framework.

APCC Violence Against Women and Girls Action Plan 2022-23

Today we publish our Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Action Plan.

Home Secretary launches new Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan

APCC Joint APCC Victims Leads welcome the Government’s Domestic Abuse Action Plan as an important step forward in tackling this abhorrent crime.

Sophie Linden, APCC Joint Lead for Victims

Sophie explains the key areas Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for when it comes to supporting victims of crime:

Resources and Publications

putting-victims-first-in-focus-pdf-final.pdf, 14.36Mb
pccs-making-a-difference-vawg-in-focus.pdf, 2.47Mb

Videos

Sophie Linden, APCC Joint Lead for Victims Portfolio

An update on the Victims Portfolio from Sophie Linden.
12/05/2022

David Lloyd, APCC Lead for the Criminal Justice Portfolio

An update on the APCC Criminal Justice Portfolio from David Lloyd.
29/04/2022

Emily Spurrell, APCC Deputy Lead, Criminal Justice

An update on the APCC Criminal Justice Portfolio from Emily Spurrell.
29/04/2022