Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has signed a five-point pledge committing himself to support victims and witnesses.
‘Five promises to victims and witnesses’, created by Victim Support, was signed by Clive Grunshaw on Monday.
Victim Support has asked all Police and Crime Commissioners to sign the document, designed to ensure that victims come first.
He said: “I am very pleased to have signed the pledge. This is an important document, ensuring all commissioners remain focused on the needs of victims.
“Championing the rights of the victim is a key priority within my Police and Crime Plan. I want to seek out and act on the views of victims.
“This includes identifying and addressing the causes of dissatisfaction and complaint within services received by victims.
“A key part of successfully implementing this pledge will be partnership working. I will continue to work with statutory and voluntary agencies to improve support for victims.”
Mark Barrow, divisional manager for Victim Support Cumbria and Lancashire, added: “Crime can, and does, wreck lives. All kinds of crime can have a major and sometimes permanent effect on victims and witnesses.
“We think that society has a responsibility to offer people help and support to cope during these traumatic times. That’s what Victim Support has been doing for nearly 40 years.
“But things are changing and I welcome the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s decision to join Victim Support to improve things further for people affected by crime in the county.”