CPS West Yorkshire takes its advisors to listen to the disabled community in Beeston, Leeds

15/03/2010

CPS West Yorkshire is taking one of its key advisory groups to meet over 60 members of the disabled community at the Mariners’ Resource Centre in Beeston, Leeds on 16 March, in one of the first such developments across the country.

After participating in workshops on domestic violence, hate crime and the role of the CPS in prosecuting these offences, delegates will have the opportunity to obtain private and confidential guidance or advice from a trained advisor on any issues that they may have about dealing with or reporting a hate crime or domestic violence incident.

Lizzy Mills, the Equality Diversity and Community Engagement Manager for CPS West Yorkshire said:

"The West Yorkshire Community Involvement Panel works in two ways:  it helps to increase our own understanding of current issues in our communities and also, by tackling issues of concern, to improve confidence amongst members of the diverse communities we serve. 

"It's made up of independent representatives from the community, public and charitable sectors.  They look at how we do things and make recommendations about how we can serve our communities even better."

Neil Franklin, Chief Crown Prosecutor for West Yorkshire and Chair of the Community Involvement Panel said:

"Holding our community involvement meetings in local venues opens up our engagement process to ever greater numbers of people.  And that can only be a good thing as we are very conscious that we must continue to explain our role to local communities and consult them about our priorities. This will be one of the core quality standards on which CPS will be judged in the years to come."

Holding a meeting in a community venue was one of the recent recommendations made by the Community Involvement Panel. The event, held in liaison with the Access Committee for Leeds, was considerably oversubscribed and so it's intended that CPS will hold meetings in community venues twice a year from now on.