Caroline Henry speaks at the annual general meeting for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has been officially appointed as a national lead championing the voices of victims of crime.
She took up the role as joint Victims Lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners at the association’s annual general meeting yesterday (Wednesday 12 July).
Commissioner Henry, who grew up in Kimberley in Nottingham, said: “I’m really proud to be appointed joint national Victims’ Lead and hope to use this opportunity to do everything I can to champion the needs of victims and survivors.
“I’m a passionate believer that victims of crime should be given the best possible police and crime service – so, not only preventing and responding effectively to crime but also offering that rounded package of support to those affected by it.
“As Police and Crime Commissioners we are elected to represent the public. They put their faith in us to ensure they are being looked after.
“We don’t just look after victims by making sure the police lock up the baddies. The impact of crime runs much deeper and lasts much longer for those who are unfortunate enough to be targeted.
“That’s why when we commission services they must be victim-focussed and trauma-informed so that we give that lasting care to people when they need it most.
“People also need to feel confident that when they reach out to the police for help in their hour of need, they will receive a quality service that puts them first.
“It is what the public rightly expect and if we are to start rebuilding trust and confidence nationally, it is what we need to deliver.”
Commissioner Henry shares the joint role with Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in London.
Posted on Friday 14th July 2023