About the workshop
In every country, the law enforcement agencies are in the front line of dealing with society’s most difficult individuals and, together with state prosecutors, regularly confront extremely challenging situations. Citizens look to these agencies to do their immensely difficult job in an effective, legal, appropriate and proportionate way. It is important for the safety and wellbeing of the public, as well as the preservation of the rule of law, that arrangements are put in place to support the police and the prosecutorial authorities in getting it right first time as often as possible and, when things do go wrong, to learn the lessons. This workshop explores the role and current work of the bodies responsible for these matters in England and Wales and looks at how effectively they work together, and how well they respond to the needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society.
What the workshop will cover
The workshop will concentrate on preventing, investigating and prosecuting crime and the role of the police and prosecution service. Issues explored will include:
• The way in which crime in England and Wales is changing and how citizens and politicians react to these changes
• How the police do their job and ways in which society holds them accountable
• The particular challenges of juvenile crime and arrangements made to meet them
• The work of the Crown Prosecution Service and special arrangements for the most vulnerable in society
• Lessons from situations where barriers to effective partnership working have been overcome.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will:
• Familiarise you with the responsibilities of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service
• Explore the various codes and charters which inform their decision making
• Set their work in the context of the prevailing strategy for reform
• Describe emerging trends and examine the challenges and priorities these raise
• Consider special arrangements made for the most vulnerable and the most dangerous in society
• Set a vision for the future of the criminal justice sector
• Provide you with an opportunity to compare experiences of reforming criminal justice in various countries
• Help you to identify practical ways of initiating relevant and sustainable change to enhance multi-agency working in the criminal justice sector.