Victims of crime are being asked to come forward to help scrutinise the use of police cautions and other non-court penalties.
North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan and the independent chairman of the Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel have launched the appeal for members of the public to sit on the panel.
It was set up last year in response to public concern about the use of out of court disposals in the county, and the panel hopes to ensure that such penalties are used appropriately and consistently across the county.
The panel already has an independent chairman, as well as representatives from various criminal justice partners such as Magistrates.
Mrs Mulligan said: “I want victims’ needs to be at the heart of everything we do.
“Having members of the public and victims of crime on the panel will also increase transparency and understanding.
“I would ask members of the public who are interested in holding the police to account and have the relevant experience, to send us an email and apply.”
Mr Mortimer added: “Victim representation is vital since we must engender victim trust and satisfaction in the varying methods of criminal justice disposal and give victims a voice.”
If you would like to put your name forward email firstname.lastname@example.org with your experience and why you think you are the right person to sit on the panel.
You will need to have experience of being the victim of crime where an put of court disposal has been used or considered.
An interest in the criminal justice system and an understanding of the effect of crime on victims would be an advantage. The post will be voluntary but all expenses will be reimbursed.
You can also put your name forward to North Yorkshire Police at www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/news/victims-of-crime-sought-for-independent-justice-panel