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The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

Find out more about the role of the Crown Prosecution Service

Hundreds turn out for the Old Bridewell Police Station open day

On Saturday 15th October, representatives from the police, CPS, Bristol Youth Offending Team and other Criminal Justice Agencies were on hand when hundreds of people flooded through the doors of Old Bridewell Police Station for a last chance to see inside the historic Bristol landmark.

The old police station was open between 10am and 4pm and around 700 members of the public took the opportunity to look around and learn more about the Criminal Justice System.

There was guaranteed fun for the whole family with the opportunity to have a look inside an interview room, see the cells, meet the police dogs and horses and even take fingerprints. There were also a number of stalls with information on aspects of CJS work and voluntary groups such as the Custody Visitors.

May Li, who helped organise the event on behalf of the CPS said:

"It was great to see so many people having fun and showing a real interest in the Criminal Justice System. In particular, we had a great number of enquiries about our CPS work experience programme.

"As well as seeing inside this historic police station, the open day also gave people the opportunity to see how the police and other agencies work together to deliver justice."

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