Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panel

We welcome feedback about the service we provide. It is an important part of helping us to continue to improve what we do and how we do it. To this end, we have a Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panel (LSIP) with representatives from each of the four counties in the East of England Area.

The community representatives look at our work and policies and give us their views and ideas on how we can do things better. The panel meetings also give us an opportunity to explain the work that we do to representatives of our local communities.

Our Panel has an important role in helping us to improve how we prosecute cases and the services we provide to victims and witnesses. It is made up of volunteers who act as our 'critical friends'.

We ask the Panel what we're doing well, what we can do better and ask for their comments and ideas of how we can improve our work. We consult them about how we can increase confidence within our local communities.

It is a two-way process: the Panel members tell us about any areas of concern that local people have about crime and criminal justice and we explain about specific aspects of the work that we do. The aim is for local communities to have more of an understanding of what we do and more of a say in what we do.

Hate Crime

The LSIP also helps us to improve how we respond to hate crimes. Hate crimes include offences that are motivated by hostility against victims because of their race, religion, sexuality or disability. This type of crime is particularly hurtful to victims because it is targeted towards them because of their personal identity. The CPS takes hate crime particularly seriously and we are committed to prosecuting these offences as effectively and fairly as possible.

At LSIP meetings, the panel members look closely at randomly selected hate crime cases. They include cases involving racist and religiously motivated crime, homophobic crime, disability hate crime, domestic violence and rape.

They look at the decisions that have been taken during the life of a case, how CPS policies have been applied and the care that has been given to victims and witnesses. The panel members make recommendations which are fed back to prosecutors and other staff to improve their understanding of how hate crime affects individual victims and communities.

Members of the panel also feed back to their communities the action that the CPS area has taken in response to the issues they raise. The Panel aims to contribute to continuous improvement in how the CPS handles hate crime cases and an improvement in working relationships between the CPS and community partners.

It meets three or four times a year and is an important step in our drive to consult more with local communities about our work and to build greater confidence in the Criminal Justice System.