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Reward and Recognition Awards for Berkshire Criminal Justice Agencies and Out-of-Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel

Thames Valley Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) recently presented Reward and Recognition Awards to Berkshire Criminal Justice Agencies and the Out-of-Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel in recognition of improved criminal justice system performance over the last year.

Out-of-Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel
Out-of-Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel

Speaking about the award for the Berkshire Criminal Justice Agencies, Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said “As chair of the Programme Management Group of the LCJB and thereby responsible for the oversight of performance across Thames Valley, I wish to commend their work and enthusiasm in ensuring and maintaining excellent improvements in performance.

“Berkshire in terms of criminal justice outcomes has for many years been the area most difficult to establish improvements. Many LCJB and agency initiatives have been implemented, but few have truly delivered significant change. Since the Trial Backlog initiative in early 2016 it has been very noticeable how agency relationships have improved and individuals have pulled more together to improve the quality of work in Berkshire. Lessons learned and the sheer effort of working together more effectively have produced a gradual change and more recently in 2017 improved performance.

“Effective Trials in Berkshire improved from 40% (Sept 16) to 54.4% (Oct 17) with Full Year performance at 50.5%. Ineffective trials were 23.9% (Sept 16) improving to 16.4% (Oct 2017) with Full Year performance at 18.9%."

Speaking about the award for the Out-of-Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel, Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint, Thames Valley Police said “As recent chair of this panel I wish to commend their work and enthusiasm in ensuring correct scrutiny is given to both Adult and Youth Out-of-Court Disposals. This is an important panel which ensures the legitimacy and professionalism of police decisions is accurately reviewed, ensuring confidence in the decision-making of police officers which results in offending being dealt with at the most appropriate level.

“Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have noted the engagement of our panel and the fact that it is truly multi agency, with representation from the Police, CPS and Courts, including Magistrates representatives, and are pleased with the work of the group. Without the commitment and enthusiasm of the scrutiny panel members, we could not ensure that we have such a probing evaluation of this work which is instrumental in securing justice for victims, whilst recognising the need to deal with offences by the most appropriate outcome”.


Editor’s notes

Berkshire Criminal Justice Agencies


Liz Harrison, Berkshire Magistrate (not present)

Rachel Newman, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) Deputy Justices Clerk

Alex Kirk, HMCTS Case Progression Officer

Minakshi Bharadawa, HMCTS Case Progression Officer (not present)

Gavin Hernandez, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) District Crown Prosecutor

Mandy Saxon, CPS MC Admin Team Manager

Chris Moody, Thames Valley Police (TVP) Witness Care Team Manager

Sarah Healy, TVP Witness Care Team Leader (not present)

Harriet Driver, TVP Witness Care Team Leader


Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel


George Green, Oxon Magistrate (not present)

Jason Purnell, TVP Youth Justice

Dave Wraight, West Berkshire Youth Offending Team (YOT)

Sgt Dave Williams, TVP Custody

Nikki Dubay, TVP Evidential Review Officer (ERO)