Pledge to improve support for victims from police and crime commissioner

By Ross Findon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

A PLEDGE to improve services for victims has been made by Hampshire and Isle of Wight police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes.

In his latest annual report Mr Hayes said he was determined to improve services for victims of crime and maintain a focus on the most vulnerable people.

"I have started work on better co-ordination of services to support victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

"My assistant commissioner on the Isle of Wight, Laura Franklin, will be taking a lead on safeguarding and vulnerability among the missing, exploited, trafficked, victims of modern slavery, among other emerging risks on a pan-Hampshire basis."

He said he also was keen to champion support for offenders’ families, who served their own hidden sentence through no fault of their own.

"The disadvantages faced by children and siblings of offenders in particular must be addressed to break intergenerational cycles of crime," he said.

But Mr Hayes plans for the future come at a time when the force is facing the need to cut £54 million between 2011 to 15 and an estimated further £25 million between 2015 and 2017, depending on government funding.

The need to make savings has already seen all but one of the Island’s police stations close to the public, although it is understood a decision regarding Ryde could be reviewed.

Read Mr Hayes full report below and find out more about support for the families of those in prison in this week’s Behind the News, Friday, August 22.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner Annual Report 2013/2014

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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