Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds is the new chairman of the county’s criminal justice board, replacing chief constable Adrian Lee.
The Northamptonshire Criminal Justice Board is made up of chief officers from every justice agency, plus those from the Legal Services Commission, Victim Support and the fire service
Set up in April 2003, the board’s purpose is to work together to ensure the people of Northamptonshire are confident that the Criminal Justice System prevent crime, bring offenders to justice and make the county safer.
There are 42 local criminal justice boards in England and Wales, all accountable to the National Criminal Justice Board.
Mr Simmonds said his aim was to make Northamptonshire the “safest place in England.”
He said: “The criminal justice system works to help create a safer, fairer and more just society by maintaining law and order, and delivering justice. The system is made up of a number of agencies which work together to reduce crime, bring offences to justice, support victims and witnesses, and punish and rehabilitate offenders.
“I want to see all parts of the criminal justice system working together more effectively, particularly for the benefit of people who are victims of crime. So I will, as chair of this group, be looking at ways this can be achieved.
“My objective is simple. To make Northamptonshire the safest place in England. Our criminal justice system and all the agencies which support it are at full stretch. Our mutual financial resources are insufficient to the task at hand; our local government structures lack the capacity and capability they need.
“The challenges of our time require us to take bold and often dramatic steps forward and I will be aiming to bring leadership and vision to the choices and decisions which need to be made”.