South Yorkshire police chief urges victims of crime to have their say

Shaun Wright
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Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright wants to hear from victims of crime in South Yorkshire to help him shape services for the future.

He said he wants to hear from victims so that he can ensure funding for services for those who have experienced crime can be used more effectively.

Later this year Police and Crime Commissioners across the country will take responsibility for commissioning ‘victims’ services’.

The Victims’ Code of Practice came into effect last December, aimed at improving the services offered to victims of crime.

Commissioner Wright said: “It is really important for me to fully understand the experiences of victims before I begin commissioning work to help them.

“I would urge anyone that has been a victim of crime to take part in this consultation.

“I want to know about their experiences, so that I can ensure victims receive the best service, tailored to their individual needs, to help them recover from the experience and move on with their lives.”

A spokesman for his office said: “The Commissioner’s aim is to simplify and improve the experience of victims by taking their views into account and ensuring they have access to appropriate support.

“It is important that as many experiences of the police, criminal justice service and support services are taken into consideration to direct future support for victims.

“In particular the Commissioner would like to know what support was needed at each stage of the process and whether or not it was provided.”

Victims of crime should visit www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Have-Your-Say.aspx to have their say on the services offered to them and what could be improved in the future.