Every day, thousands of people are involved in preventing and tackling crime across North Wales.
One of the PCC's wider responsibilities includes overseeing and working with criminal justice partners to ensure an efficient and effective criminal justice system for North Wales.
In order to help fulfil these duties, he chairs the North Wales Criminal Justice Board (NWCJB). The NWCJB is unique as it brings together criminal justice agencies from across North Wales with a view to joining up criminal justice processes across a range of areas.
North Wales Criminal Justice Board
Core membership is as follows:
- North Wales Police
- Crown Prosecution Service
- His Majesty’s Court & Tribunal Service
- North Wales Probation Trust
- His Majesty’s Prison Service
- Youth Offending Teams
- Legal Aid Agency
There are also a number of co-opted members. These include:
- Victim Support (who run the North Wales Victims Help Centre)
- Citizen Advice’s Witness Service
The purpose of the North Wales Criminal Justice Board (the Board) remains clear, to:
- Provide leadership, governance and strategic direction for criminal justice partners.
- Ensure the effective delivery of outcomes to reduce crime, reoffending and increase public confidence in the Criminal Justice System in North Wales.
- Identify and overcome obstacles and blockages in order to deliver a more efficient and effective Criminal Justice Service that puts the needs of victims and witnesses at its centre.
As an established and experienced body the NWCJB provides the Commissioner with an ideal forum to discuss criminal justice issues with officers at an appropriate level. The Board provides the Commissioner with the opportunity to hear about issues or blockages within the criminal justice system and consider and recommend remedies with partners to such issues.
By working together the NWCJB has successfully agreed pan-North Wales strategies that help to ensure a consistent, efficient and effective approach to a range of issues including domestic violence and reducing reoffending.
The NWCJB’s current priorities:
- Reduce crime, re-offending and harm;
- Deliver an effective response;
- Work together to build effective partnerships;
- Work to improve outcomes for DV, hate crime, rape and sexual offences.
Anti-Racism Action Plan
Criminal Justice in Wales has launched its Anti-Racism Action Plan, outlining the determination of partners to do all they can, individually and collectively to root out any form of racism across the Criminal Justice System.