Wider Community Engagement Activity

CPS Thames and Chiltern staff are involved in a wide range of partnership work with the police, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), voluntary organisations, and local councils. The Area engages with a wide range of communities including those with 'protected characteristics' to contribute to the prevention and reduction of crime and disorder concerns. Community issues are identified from a variety of sources including attendance at multi agency meetings.

Examples of recent engagement include:

  • CPS Thames and Chiltern working to support victims and witnesses. Our Chief Crown Prosecutor met with 40 volunteers from Hertfordshire Victim Support Service earlier this year. This initial meeting led to the Hertfordshire Vulnerable Victims’ Unit visiting our staff at our St. Albans office in May 2017, during People Week, to discuss how we can better work together to support victims and witnesses. From these discussions, staff at in CPS Thames and Chiltern gained knowledge about how victims are referred to the Vulnerable Victims Unit, how the unit interacts with other victims' services, such as the Witness Service and Witness Care Unit,; and how the CPS can improve its interaction to ensure that where increased support to victims is required this can be organised.
  • In February 2017, the CPS worked in partnership with Bedfordshire Hate Crime Partnership to deliver and present at a Hate Crime Conference. This Conference was very well attended by professionals from different sectors. The Anne Frank Trust delivered some powerful messages about the need for everyone to be vigilant and ensure that the lessons from the Holocaust ensure that genocide never happens again.
  • This year, the Thames Valley Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel annual review prioritised supporting partners to understand how to support domestic abuse victims experiencing coercive control. A conference was organised on this topic and the CPS was able to present the law on the offence of Coercive Controlling Behaviour. The feedback from the conference delegates was very positive. Below is the feedback that the CPS received from the Chair of the Domestic Abuse Scrutiny Panel:

“We feel that everyone left with a much better understanding of the law as it stands, greater awareness of the psychological impact of coercive control, and better able to identify  opportunities for information sharing between  agencies.  Many commented that it struck just the right balance between the legislative and academic content with the first-hand experience delivered by a survivor from a victim’s perspective.”

For further information please contact the Inclusion and Community Engagement Manager, Inderpal Kaur-Singh via email on inderpal.kaur-singh@cps.gsi.gov.uk or by telephone on 0118 908 2509 or by mobile on 07769 258088.