Core justice agencies
Police and Crime Commissioners
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 sets out in law the reciprocal duty on PCCs and other Criminal Justice agencies to work together to provide an efficient and effective criminal justice system for police force areas. One way this works effectively is through Local Criminal Justice Boards (LCJBs).
By taking a leading role in local criminal justice system partnership arrangements, Norfolk and Suffolk PCCs are helping criminal justice partners and agencies become more visible in the local area and align and set priorities which address cross-cutting local issues.
Crown Prosecution Service
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the principal prosecuting agency in England and Wales. It provides charging advice to the police and prosecutes cases in magistrates' and crown courts.
Visit the CPS website to find out how it works, and for the latest news on successful prosecutions in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service
HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is an agency of the Ministry of Justice. It uniquely operates as a partnership between the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals.
The agency is responsible for the administration of the criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales and non-devolved tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It provides for a fair, efficient and effective justice system delivered by an independent judiciary.
To find out more visit the HMCTS website.
Norfolk and Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company
Norfolk and Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company manages individuals convicted of crimes such as shoplifting, burglary, harassment, motoring offences and domestic abuse who are assessed as low or medium risk of harm.
They make sure offenders complete their sentence and any requirements given to them by the court such as unpaid work, a behaviour programme or a curfew. They also help offenders create a more secure lifestyle which could mean looking for work, moving to a different area or tackling an addiction.
National Probation Service
The National Probation Service is a statutory criminal justice service that supervises high-risk offenders released into the community. Their priority is to protect the public by the effective rehabilitation of high-risk offenders, by tackling the causes of offending and enabling offenders to turn their lives around.
Her Majesty's Prison Service
Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS) is responsible for holding prisoners securely, either while on remand before conviction or following sentence.
In addition to protecting the public by holding prisoners securely, HMPS is charged with reducing the risk of prisoners re-offending by delivering a range of interventions and programmes to address the issues that contribute to their offending behaviour.
To find out more about their work, visit the Her Majesty’s Prison Service website
Youth Offending Teams
Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) are multi-agency partnerships aiming to prevent offending by children and young people. This is achieved by working together with young people, their parents or carers, the victims of crime and other agencies or organisations, including the local community.
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Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for providing victim support services in their police force area and receive dedicated funding from the Ministry of Justice for that purpose.
Victim Support has been awarded a three-year contract across Norfolk and Suffolk to help victims of crime cope and recover from what they have experienced.
Victim Support is an independent charity that aims to help all victims and witnesses of crime. Its services are free of charge and completely confidential.
Victim Support works closely with the police and other criminal justice agencies, working on referrals from them, but you can contact Victim Support for help if you’ve been a victim of a crime, even if the crime has not been reported to the police.
Victim Support also runs the Witness Service in every criminal court, to help people who have been called as witnesses.
To find out more about the work of Victim Support, or to volunteer with them, visit the Victim Support website. For more information about Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care Service, visit the Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care service website.
Community Safety Partnerships
Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are statutory bodies bringing together representatives of local authorities, the emergency services, health authorities, housing associations and other statutory and voluntary organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour in your local community.
Find out more about their work: