Working with you

Crime affects you. It affects all communities, and so does the work we do.

It is important that you know who we are and are confident you can speak to us. But we understand that not everyone knows what the CPS does and we are trying to change this! We need to respond to local issues and concerns relating to our work so we can do our best for you.

We involve voluntary groups, organisations and individuals in consultation and partnership working.  We welcome invitations to meet with such groups. This can be through one-off workshops and meetings or through regular channels of involvement such as our Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panel. Groups and organisations with experience of supporting victims of certain kinds of crime, such as hate crime, sexual violence or domestic violence, for example, have much to offer us in terms of feedback on how we manage specific areas of our service.

Community Engagement is the term we use to cover all aspects of how we interact with you. In particular it includes our Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panel.

Your confidence and trust in us, as a member of the public, is essential to our success.  We need to be seen by everyone as an inclusive and accessible public prosecution service, acting fairly in the interests of justice.

We acknowledge that some groups are at particular and increased risk of exclusion and/or discrimination. These groups include (but are not limited to):

  • Disabled people
  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities
  • Gypsy/Traveller communities
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities
  • Older people
  • Young people
  • Women
  • Carers/Dependants
  • Religious/faith groups
  • People on low income
  • Asylum seeker/refugee communities

For the CPS, victims and witnesses are absolutely fundamental to the adminsitration of justice. Without  their assistance, the CPS would not be able to prosecute cases effectively.

If you or your organisation would like to be involved in consultation or other partnership work with the CPS, please contact:.

southwest.communications@cps.gsi.gov.uk