HMCPSI finds that International Justice and Organised Crime Division continuously delivers its work to a high standard despite challenging casework
The International Justice and Organised Crime Division has engaged staff, a visible and proactive senior management team, and is held in high regard by internal and external stakeholders, according to a report published today by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI). The inspection did not look at casework quality.
The report also praises the quality of delivery of challenging casework, and the Division’s Extradition team is commended as a centre of excellence and expertise.
The report recognises the Division’s specialist casework knowledge, information and tools, and highlights that knowledge management and sharing across the CPS can be improved. The Inspectorate also highlighted that more can be done to improve risk management and performance management.
The International Justice and Organised Crime Division acknowledges the issues raised in the report and work is already underway to address these points.
Nick Price, Head of International Justice & Organised Crime Division, said: “We welcome the Inspectorate report and are delighted with the positive findings, particularly in relation to our staff engagement, which is better than the CPS overall average, and the high quality of our stakeholder partnerships.
“We recognise the importance of improving the processes in our management of risks and performance and we are confident that our action plan will enable us to deliver improvements on these important aspects of our work over the coming months.”
Jason Putman, Area Business Manager said “Whilst our recent Staff Survey saw an improved staff engagement score, we recognise that we must do more to address the concerns within our International team to eradicate any instances of discrimination, bullying and harassment which are completely unacceptable. Whilst steps have already been taken to deal with this, it remains a top priority for the senior management team.”