Criminal Justice department
The Criminal Justice department in Northumbria Police supports Area Commands, departments and partners in reducing crime and disorder and building trust and confidence in the Criminal Justice System.
The overall purpose of the department is: "To work more effectively in partnership with other agencies to reduce offending, bring more offences to justice and speed up the justice process, to provide the best possible services for victims and witnesses and to build trust and confidence in the Criminal Justice System."
The department supports Northumbria Police’s aims and the 2020 Vision as well as providing a framework for continued improvement, modernisation and reform by:
Evaluating legislative changes and national developments and reporting the implications for the force to Chief Officers
Providing an effective workforce with the ability to provide continued improvements in its service
Working with partners to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Criminal Justice System by bringing offences to justice and helping to tackle activities harming individuals and communities
Developing strategies with partners to tackle persistent offenders (PPO programme) and drug related acquisitive crime (DIP programme)
Working with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Victim Support to improve services to victims and witnesses, increasing their satisfaction and improving public confidence
Supporting Area Commands and specialist departments by working with partners as part of the Force Drugs Plan
Working with Area Commands and partners to target people causing the greatest concern and contributing disproportionately to the level of crime and disorder in an area
The management and administration of the department is based at Headquarters, although Criminal Justice staff are in every Area Command providing support.