Victim Focus Desks

MQT on 2007-02-21
Session date: 
February 21, 2007
Question By: 
Dee Doocey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to your answer to question 81/2007 on Victim Focus desks, will you list: a) the locations of the Victim Focus Desks which have been introduced in each borough b) the intended locations of the Victim Focus Desks still to be introduced in each borough c) the expected timescale for completion of the project and d) the reasons why the MPS is going to fail its original target and why this has been kept so quiet


Answer for Victim Focus Desks

Answer for Victim Focus Desks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have been informed by the MPS that Victim Focus Units are currently in place at Bexley, Havering and Southwark Borough Operational Command Units (BOCUs). In addition Westminster, Sutton, Kensington and Chelsea, Hounslow, Enfield, Ealing, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hillingdon, Havering and Haringey will have staff (though not their full quota) trained and in place by April 2007. The Victim Focus Desks (VFDs) on all BOCUs are located within either Crime Management Units (CMUs) or Criminal Investigation Departments (CIDs).The internal recruitment programme for the VFD PCSO role commenced on 8th December 2006 with a closing date of mid January. A positive response was received, with a total of 120 application packs being sent out. Due to strict eligibility criteria i.e. Safer Neighbourhood Team PCSOs must have served at least 2 years, only 37 applications were received back. A paper sift of these applications were completed with 22 put forward for interview, of these 21 were selected. The programme of recruitment is a continuous one, and re-advertisement of the role has commenced. It is anticipated that those who were ineligible to apply in the first round will be eligible in subsequent campaigns.Discussions are currently taking place to relax the eligibility criteria to allow more PCSOs to apply for the role. It is anticipated that if the criteria is relaxed, the same initial interest will be replicated and VFDs will be fully in place by June/July with all successful applicants fully trained. There was no intention to keep this information quiet and I am sure that there will be a healthy number of applications for the VFD PCSO role.