Search

‘More should be done to take care of the victims of crime’

11:00 15 February 2013

Ch Supt Rob Jones

Ch Supt Rob Jones

Archant

Newham Police Borough Commander Rob Jones

Care for victims is at the top of our list of priorities, and every day police officers put themselves into difficult situations to protect vulnerable people from harm.

Last year in Newham, 88 officers were assaulted in the course of their duty – more than any other borough in London.

Every day, I hear with pride about ways we have helped people in their hour of need but I cannot ignore that something is going wrong – when we recently surveyed our own officers to ask if they felt confident that their friends and family would receive a good service from the police in London if they were a victim of crime, the majority did not. That honesty needs to be turned into action.

When we let down people when they need our help the most, we need to be absolutely determined to learn and put it right.

Like many of you, I read with shock and sadness about Frances Andrade, a mother of four who had been brave enough to give evidence in court about abuse she had suffered in the past at the hands of someone who was supposed to be looking after her.

I understand the principle of the rule of law that a witness should be cross-examined to test their evidence, but what it does make clear is how tortuous and gruelling the legal process can be for victims and witnesses. We need to re-examine, with the CPS and court service, what we can do to fulfill our duty of care for victims in a way that we are confident supports them properly all the way through.

This is, of course, a collective responsibility that involves different agencies working closely together but the police have a leading role to play.

The experience of a victim and witness of giving evidence in court is the end of a criminal justice process that starts with the first report of a crime.

We need to improve our service by putting victims first every step of the way.

This means doing things differently, and we are about to make what I think will be the most significant change in front line policing in London since we put officers back into local neighbourhoods seven years ago.

This change is called the Local Policing Model, and in Newham it will put three times as many police officers into communities.

We need to do this because despite some significant recent successes – especially in the way we tackle the harm caused by gangs – all the evidence shows that we are simply not doing well enough to provide consistent levels of professional and compassionate care and support for victims. It is what we joined the police to do.

0 comments

Latest Newham News Stories

31 minutes ago
Sir Robin Wales

The European Union has had negative as well as positive effects on Newham, the council agreed yesterday.

European Union
John Payne peruses some non-alcoholic communion wine made by Frank Wright Mundy Co Ltd Picture: Christian Resources Exhibition

An exhibition welcomed 8,000 Christians keen to explore a “one-stop shop” for church improvements, opened by Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes.

07:49
Police were called to a reported stabbing on Barking Road at the junction of Wellington Road.

A 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital following a reported stabbing on Barking Road at the junction of Wellington Road.

London police
Shamah Banton and Claudine Koffi play in the sand at BeachEast last year

On the face of it, there’s not much in common between this year’s Olympic host city of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and its 2012 predecessor.

Elizabeth Olympic

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more
Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe