Bolton’s judiciary services will be holding an ‘Inside Justice’ event in Victoria Square on Thursday 21 October from 10am-12pm.
The event, which is being held as part of national Inside Justice Week aims to give the public a better idea of how the police, courts and prison and probation services work and is being organised by the Bolton Local Criminal Justice Group.
This is a group of representatives from the police, Crown Prosecution Service, Magistrates’ & Crown Courts, Probation Service, Youth Offending Team and Victim Support who meet regularly to work together to review and improve the criminal justice system within the Bolton area.
At the event, representatives from these services will be on hand to talk to the people of Bolton how the justice system works in their town.
Members of Bolton’s Neighbourhood policing team will be available to discuss issues that are concerning residents in their areas, such as troublesome neighbours, drug-related activity, criminal damage, underage drinking, off-road bikes and graffiti. They will also be asking residents to fill in feedback forms with their opinion on the police and any areas that could be improved.
Members of Greater Manchester Probation Trust will also be available to talk about the Community Payback scheme, where residents of Bolton can vote for a local grot spot which they think needs to be tidied up. A shortlist of the top five spots nominated by residents will be revealed on October 18 and residents can vote for their number one choice by filling in a nomination at this event. The probation service will also be available to discuss how they work with offenders to provide effective rehabilitation, punishment and risk management, while magistrates will be talking about their role in the justice system and how they decide on sentencing offenders.
National charity Victim Support will be providing information on the services available in Bolton for victims and witnesses of crime and offering opportunities for people to get involved by volunteering in their local community.
Kay Colclough, Chair of the Bolton Local Criminal Justice Group said: “The Inside Justice Week Event aims to increase knowledge, understanding and confidence in the criminal justice system by showing the people of Bolton how the justice system works in their town.
“Residents can meet some of the people who work to prevent crime, offer support for victims and witnesses, and facilitate some of the many programmes to assist offenders in stopping them from committing further crime.
“It is also an opportunity for residents to have their say and get involved, asking questions and informing criminal justice agencies what they think is needed in their area.”