Humberside PCC to install video links in court for victims

Published: Wednesday 8th April 2015 by KCFM

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Humberside’s Police and Crime Commissioner believes installing video links in police stations will benefit victims of crime and save police resources.

Matthew Grove secured money from the government to install a link between Hull‘s Clough Road police station and the courts, which will mean victims can give evidence without having to appear in the witness box.

He hopes it will encourage more victims of crimes like domestic abuse to come forward:

“On average, 32 incidents of domestic violence will be carried out on a victim before they come forward and seek any help, and that’s just not acceptable. So we need to do everything we can to encourage the victims of these nasty, very serious crimes, to come forward as early as possible, so we can intervene, and make sure they’re safe.

“Sitting in the same waiting room as the perpetrator can be very very difficult. So I think this sends a clear message out to people that are the victims of crime, come forward, report. You will be believed, you will be supported. We will do everything we can to help you receive the justice you deserve.”

Mr Grove says it will also save officers from having to attend court:

“Nine times out of ten, when a police officer attends court, he will sit there all day and never give evidence. We’ll be able to prevent that from happening so much in the future, because the officers will be in a police station and they can keep themselves busy doing some valuable work for the community, rather than just twiddling their thumbs in a court waiting room.”

He hopes that if this scheme is a success, more video links can be installed across the force area:

“This is the first one of it’s type and it most certainly won’t be the last. If we can prove how effective it is, then we can quickly roll this out and make sure that every victim of crime has access to this within a reasonable distance to where they live.”

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Published: Wednesday 8th April 2015 by KCFM

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