Improving support for victims and witnesses, and preventing crime and reoffending calls for a joined up, multi-agency approach and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and team are helping to deliver this through the creation of a county co-ordinators hub.
Through better co-ordination across public, private, voluntary and community organisations in Norfolk, we aim to improve services, identify gaps and avoid duplication at a time when many organisations are facing budget cuts.
The work of the coordinators is focused on priority themes identified through needs analysis and extensive consultation, including supporting victims and witnesses, domestic abuse and sexual violence, rehabilitation of offenders, mental health, drugs and alcohol.
Sitting within the OPCCN, the coordinators monitor, review and support the delivery of services across the region. Working under the PCC umbrella, the coordinators are able to act as a central liaison point with outside organisations, charities and minority groups.
By overseeing the service offerings across the mix, coordinators can troubleshoot problem areas and design improved solutions, always with the aim of delivering the best support services for victims of crime, reducing crime and reoffending and ensuring a victim-focused outcome.
They are also able to advise the PCC on commissioning of services to help meet needs, and track commissioned activity to ensure desired outcomes are being met.
The coordinators are:
Ian Sturgess – Domestic abuse and sexual violence
The primary aim of Ian’s role is to improve and maintain support for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Norfolk, and to help reduce reoffending. This is achieved by working with the many and varied agencies, both statutory and voluntary, that work with victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse, as well as organisations supporting victims of sexual abuse.
During his 30 years as a serving police officer with Norfolk Constabulary, Ian spent 16 years in a senior detective role. He was a senior investigating officer in rape and serious sexual offence cases, and participated in child protection conferences in the west of the county.
Vacant – Mental health and learning difficulty/disability
This role involves providing policy and commissioning advice to the PCC on mental health and learning difficulty/disability issues in the criminal justice system, informed by an ongoing assessment of the needs of victims and offenders in Norfolk. The coordinator will oversee the development and implementation of the county’s Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat, as well as supporting the Norfolk Integrated Offender Health and Social Care Group.
Vicky Day – Rehabilitation
Having worked in the Prison Service for 20 years, Vicky brings her knowledge and experience to the OPCCN as coordinator for offender rehabilitation.
Vicky works across all sectors to help steer the countywide approach to rehabilitating offenders and reducing levels of reoffending in Norfolk, and supports the PCC in monitoring commissioned activity in this theme area.
Colin Back – Veterans in the criminal justice system
Colin’s role, funded by military charities the Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA) and Walking with the Wounded, and hosted by the OPCCN, involves working with organisations across Norfolk and Suffolk to reduce re-offending and support and rehabilitate ex-military veterans in the criminal justice system (CJS).
With the military charities and the PCC recognising the importance of early intervention, identifying opportunities in, for example, cases of deteriorating mental health or the early stages of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a key part of Colin’s work.