Police Commissioner to unveil pioneering new contract for support to Victims and Witnesses
Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader will today officially reveal the organisation he has awarded responsibility for enhancing victims and witnesses services across the county.
From April 1, services for victims and witnesses in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland will be commissioned locally by Sir Clive rather than nationally by the Ministry of Justice.
In preparation for the transfer, a competitive tendering process has taken place to select the organisation/s which will oversee a new model aimed at delivering better outcomes for all victims of crime.
The Commissioner is determined the new-look service will revolutionise the way victims of crime are supported following a crime and he has worked closely with the Force and local partners to design a solution that ensures their needs are first and foremost at every stage of their journey through the criminal justice process.
Restorative justice will also play a leading role within the new system, helping victims to cope and recover from their experiences.
Sir Clive commented: “The changes we are implementing now will transform the way we respond to vulnerable people whose lives have been damaged by crime. It represents an exciting opportunity to break from the traditions of the past to pursue a new way of working which will reduce disadvantage and suffering and help people to rebuild their lives in the most effective way.”
Full details of the successful applicant will be announced at a formal media briefing today.
Posted on Monday 9th May 2016