Staffordshire Police launch new DVD for victims and witnesses

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A new DVD is being launched by Staffordshire Police to help victims and witnesses of crime.

The production is fronted by newsreader and presenter Dermot Murnaghan and has been supported by the local Criminal Justice Board.

Called JIGSAW (Justice Information Guide Supporting and Advising Witnesses), the DVD aims to allay some of the concerns people may have about the criminal justice system by ensuring that they’re well-informed about what they’re likely to experience as a victim or a witness.

The DVD is divided into four chapters:

  • supporting you during an investigation
  • going to court
  • justice working for you
  • the useful information guide

Copies will be distributed to victims and witnesses by police officers involved in the early stages of an investigation. If the case goes to court, witness care officers can supply a copy if one has not already been given.

Assistant Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said:

“I’m sure most people would rather have someone on a DVD show them what’s likely to happen when they go to court than have to read a pile of leaflets as has been the case up to now. We’re able to give them a flavour of the sort of things they’re going to experience if they become involved with a prosecution case.

“For many people called as witnesses, it is their first experience of the criminal justice system and they may be unsure of what to expect. By taking them through the process, we hope it will give them a better understanding of the system and help them to feel more confident about appearing in court.”

Head of Justice Services at Staffordshire Police, Supt Juliet Prince, added:

“The DVD and booklet are excellent resources for us to use with victims and witnesses. The final product is comprehensive and very user-friendly. I’m really pleased with the way it’s turned out. Hopefully, anyone who becomes involved in the criminal justice system as a victim or a witness will feel less daunted by the idea after watching it. We want witnesses to have a better understanding of what to expect and to feel confident about the process.”

For people who are hearing impaired, the DVD has subtitles and a number of portable DVD players are also being made available to officers so that they can play JIGSAW to people who don’t have access to a player of their own.

The DVD will also be available on the force’s website.

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