Police Commissioner Matthew Grove to meet victims of crime in North East Lincolnshire
POLICE and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove will meet victims of crime in North East Lincolnshire.
In the run-up to setting out his plan for tackling crime over the next five years, Mr Grove will meet face-to-face with victims to discuss their experiences and get their views on how future services can be improved to meet their needs.
The meetings have been arranged by Victim Support, an organisation which gives free and confidential advice to victims, witness and their families.
Volunteers from the group also help run the Witness Service in courts.
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The group has five main aims, which Mr Grove – the commissioner for Humberside Police – has backed.
He said: "I have backed Victim Support by signing up to their five pledges to ensure continued support for victims and witnesses.
"As Police and Crime Commissioner, I will endeavour to be a champion for victims and be their voice to ensure their concerns and interests are always heard."
Among the five objectives, Victim Support wants commissioners to be open and accountable to victims and witnesses, seeking out and acting on their views.
It has also called on commissioners to make the police more victim-focused.
Members of Victim Support aim to guarantee victims and witnesses get the high-quality help and support they need, when they need it.
They have also called for a greater voice for victims in the wider criminal justice system and for commissioners to work to develop new ways of delivering justice for victims.
Mr Grove's police and crime plan will be published at the end of March. In it he will set the police and crime objectives in the Humberside Police area for the next five years.
It has not yet been confirmed where the commissioner will meet victims of crime, but it is set to take place next week.
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More information on Victim Support can be found on www.victimsupport.org.uk
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