More responsibility for the crime commissioner as public asked for thoughts on victim support

The boss: Crime commissioner David Lloyd
The boss: Crime commissioner David Lloyd

Herts Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd will become responsible for securing support services for crime victims in six months – and wants your opinion on how to provide them.

He recently published his proposed strategy for providing practical and emotional support to the victims, which you can find on this website

Mr Lloyd said: “I am very keen to play my part in ensuring that victims of crime and anti-social behaviour get the support, help and advice they need.

“During my time as Police and Crime Commissioner I’ve met many victims and talked to them in-depth about their experiences.

“Every one of them has a different need and level of support required. For some, being a victim is not a hugely traumatic experience, but it can still cause them inconvenience.

“For others, being a victim of crime, or suffering at the wrong end of anti-social behaviour, can have life-changing and devastating consequences.”

Mr Lloyd will now have to make the crucial decision of whether to extend support services to the victims of unrecorded offences – as well as those reported to police.

In October 2014, Police and Crime Commissioners take over responsibility from the Ministry of Justice for commissioning the majority of services for victims.

Herts has already received a one-off £415,169 grant to build its capacity and capability to provide the services.

Some of this money is being allocated to the latest Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund for victim services and some is for restorative justice.

Restorative justice involves giving a penalty to offenders that involves them working in the community without getting a criminal record.

You can read Mr Lloyd’s strategy for helping victims and have your say on it by clicking here

You can contact the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for a hard copy of the document by calling 01707 806100 or writing to Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, AL5 4GZ.