Commissioner calls on victims of crime to help improve services

Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy

Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

THE Police Commissioner for Merseyside is calling on the victims of crime to have their say on how they can be better supported.

From next April Jane Kennedy will work with her deputy Ann O’Byrne will take responsibility for support services across the region from the Ministry of Justice.

In preparation for the change they are launching a region wide consultation asking victims about their views and experiences currently on offer.

It is hoped that the exercise will help improve services for others in the future.

Jane said: “I don’t want to second guess what victims want. I want them to tell me what they need so I can make sure I make the right decisions for them.

“That is why we are launching a scheme to listen to their views. This is a unique opportunity to make sure we get it right and put victims first.”

The first stage of the consultation will last six weeks and will include focus groups and interviews with people affected by crime. Discussions will also be held on a range of crimes including sexual and domestic violence, hate crime, anti-social behaviour and violence.

The process will be led by Ann O’Byrne.

She said: “This is a really important piece of work. We need to get it right for victims now and in the future. This is something I feel hugely passionate about.

“I believe we can make a difference to vulnerable people by making sure we deliver the right services at the right time.

“This consultation is a new approach. It gives people the chance to speak out, to share their experiences and tell us what they want to see.

“By talking to us now victims will help to improve the services on offer to others.”

To mark the launch of the consultation a new report, Putting Victims First, has been released explaining how these plans will be put into action.

It also outlines their key principles and objectives for the coming year.

Ann said: “This is a chance for victims to help us change things for the better. By speaking out they will be taking a positive step in helping Jane and I to make sure victims have the best possible support and care in the future.

“I would urge anyone who has been a victim of crime here on Merseyside to speak to us either by filling in the online survey at http://www.merseysidepcc.info/home/get-involved/puttingvictimsfirst.aspx or by contacting our office with your views.”

You can take part in the consultation at http://www.merseysidepcc.info/home/get-involved/puttingvictimsfirst.aspx

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3:25pm Wed 13 Aug 14

barrie timpson says...

I believe I know of a theft - this ladies wages from our pockets.

Google "utter waste of space and money" and police commissioner comes out as top result.
I believe I know of a theft - this ladies wages from our pockets. Google "utter waste of space and money" and police commissioner comes out as top result. barrie timpson
  • Score: 4

12:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

jumperr says...

Do these people not realise that the reason we are in this position is they never listened in the first place every time you complain they find a excuse to defend why the problem is happening we can't stop it their is no law against you point out the law they agree and do nothing back on the roundabout
Do these people not realise that the reason we are in this position is they never listened in the first place every time you complain they find a excuse to defend why the problem is happening we can't stop it their is no law against you point out the law they agree and do nothing back on the roundabout jumperr
  • Score: 3

1:06am Fri 15 Aug 14

anthonywilson says...

I wonder if the Commissioner really knows whats going on? Its amazing that so little people know that currently Merseyside Police have temporarily closed St Helens Police Stations Custody Suite (not refurbished all that long ago as I recall) and any suspects or perpetrators arrested now have to be taken to Copy Lane Police Station in Netherton or other Police stations in Liverpool to be processed. This takes officers off active duty for longer after an arrest. It also will in no doubt affect a Police officers judgement of where the threshold is before performing an arrest. E.g Police are more likely to go softer to avoid the hassle of having to take people to Netherton. Yet again there has been no mention of this situation in the public arena as far as I know ? It also reduces the number of officers available to respond to calls if they are all stuck in Netherton processing suspects. Come on Police Commissioner and Merseyside Police get it sorted! its not good enough!
I wonder if the Commissioner really knows whats going on? Its amazing that so little people know that currently Merseyside Police have temporarily closed St Helens Police Stations Custody Suite (not refurbished all that long ago as I recall) and any suspects or perpetrators arrested now have to be taken to Copy Lane Police Station in Netherton or other Police stations in Liverpool to be processed. This takes officers off active duty for longer after an arrest. It also will in no doubt affect a Police officers judgement of where the threshold is before performing an arrest. E.g Police are more likely to go softer to avoid the hassle of having to take people to Netherton. Yet again there has been no mention of this situation in the public arena as far as I know ? It also reduces the number of officers available to respond to calls if they are all stuck in Netherton processing suspects. Come on Police Commissioner and Merseyside Police get it sorted! its not good enough! anthonywilson
  • Score: 7

1:35pm Fri 15 Aug 14

jumperr says...

Theirs never too much objection about going of the streets for a hour, lip service as usual.
Theirs never too much objection about going of the streets for a hour, lip service as usual. jumperr
  • Score: 1

10:50pm Mon 18 Aug 14

mikeperry109 says...

Ann Byrne is a Labour councillor - why was the post not advertised as any public appointment should be? These people are parasites - she has no qualifications for the post and is earning over 30,000 pounds a year. Another example of Labour cronyism.
Ann Byrne is a Labour councillor - why was the post not advertised as any public appointment should be? These people are parasites - she has no qualifications for the post and is earning over 30,000 pounds a year. Another example of Labour cronyism. mikeperry109
  • Score: 3

3:09pm Tue 19 Aug 14

jumperr says...

West park councillors, always find a reason, even if one dosn't exist, how we vote them in when nothing ever gets done
West park councillors, always find a reason, even if one dosn't exist, how we vote them in when nothing ever gets done jumperr
  • Score: 1

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