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New justice supremo to tackle East End crime

PUBLISHED: 11:50 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:44 05 October 2010

THE Home Secretary has selected London’s East End to become one of 60 crime and justice pioneer’ zones. A Neighbourhood Crime & Justice’ co-ordinator is being appointed in the 60 pilot areas to let the public know their rights, how they can hold neighbourhood policing teams to account and what service they should expect

THE Home Secretary has selected London’s East End to become one of 60 crime and justice pioneer’ zones.

A Neighbourhood Crime & Justice’ co-ordinator is being appointed in the 60 pilot areas to let the public know their rights, how they can hold neighbourhood policing teams to account and what service they should expect.

Cash is being found in Whitehall to help local authorities like Tower Hamlets which is to recruit for the tough East End post by early in the New Year.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: “Sometimes the criminal justice system can feel remote and appear more interested in supporting offenders than punishing them or protecting communities.

“But the public have told us they want policing and a justice system that listen and act on their priorities.

“The neighbourhood coordinators will act on the public’s behalf to make sure justice is done—and seen to be done.”

The new coordinators are the result of radical proposals set out in the Casey Review to give the public more say in the way the streets are policed and how offenders are dealt with.

The eight-month study headed by Louise Casey, former head of the Government’s Respect’ task force, looked at how to involve the public in the fight against crime and to raise confidence in the criminal justice system.

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