Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, was one of two PCCs who spoke at a meeting of Victim Support meeting.
He and Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill were invited to speak at the charity’s Board of Trustees meeting in Canary Wharf on Thursday 31 January.
He is pictured, centre, with Victim Support Chair of Trustees Enid Rowland, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson and Chief Executive of Victim Support Javed Khan
Mr Macpherson said: “Working with Victim Support is important to me as a way of improving the support victims of crime and anti-social behaviour in Wiltshire and Swindon receive from criminal justice agencies.
“So I was delighted to be meeting the Board of Trustees to discuss how we can work together to ensure that victims are given the best possible support in this current financial climate.”
At the event Mr Macpherson talked about:
Close working between the Office of the PCC and Victim Support, potentially sharing facilities
Use of video links between courts and police stations
Two consultation events he has held in Swindon and Salisbury with the voluntary and community sector on his forthcoming Police and Crime Plan.
Afterwards Mr MacPherson added: "It was useful to meet the trustees of this national charity whose services are delivered so locally, and share some of our mutual concerns about the new landscape of commissioning. What was clear from both parties was the needs of victims and witnesses have to be paramount."
Victim Support gives free and confidential help to all victims of crime whether it has been reported or not. This includes burglary, assaults, sex offences and domestic violence.
For more information about Victim Support visit its website www.victimsupport.org.uk
The Commissioner will outline in more detail how he intends to improve services for victims of crime in Wiltshire in his forthcoming Police and Crime Plan. Consultation on a draft of this plan is due to start on Monday 18 February.
Read about his plan at www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk