Victim and Witness Interview Suite
Purpose built victim and witness suite to provide a comfortable alternative to police stations and court rooms where a person or their family has been a victim of crime abroad.
Charity information: Lucie Blackman Trust - Missing Abroad Programme
Often when a crime is committed against a person overseas, families are called to give an ‘impact statement’ detailing how their family is suffering as a result of that crime, give evidence about the crime, or in the context of a missing person, give a live appeal.
These are mostly conducted in police stations or court rooms and often involve expensive travel abroad. This can be a harrowing experience for an already distraught family.
We have secured premises on the Isle of Wight where families can come and receive full support throughout the ordeal. We have secured the support of local hotels to provide accommodation, ferry crossings to the Isle of Wight, support throughout by experienced staff and media professionals, and coach travel to the south coast.
This will allow families to provide video evidence or make an appeal in comfortable, sensitive and sympathetic surroundings and at no personal financial cost.
Commission facility and train staff on its use.
Activities» A number of test transmissions and broadcasts will be run. This will ensure the facility is robust and reliable.
» Connections will be established remotely with police stations, courtrooms and consular facilities worldwide in readiness for use.
» Staff will be given thorough training on both the operation of the equipment and in the technicalities of evidential procedures.
What success will look like
Success will be demonstrated with fully functioning equipment, reliable overseas connections and all members of staff competent and comfortable with the suite's operation.
Make the facility available for end users.
Activities» We have strong links with the Foreign Office, Ministry of Justice and police forces across the UK who will be made aware of the facility and its uses
What success will look like
Success will be demonstrated when all relevant organisations are aware of the facility and its capabilities and are referring cases to the service.
Families will no longer have to spend large amounts of money travelling abroad or have to face the often traumatic experience of police evidence suites or live evidence in a foreign court. For appeals, a family will not have to face a room full of journalists to give press conferences. We will produce broadcast quality appeals in a comfortable, private and sympathetic environment.
Success - A year on year increase in the use of the facility by families and endorsements by relevant authorities.
Impartiality and credibility of evidence given compromised.
The training programme includes comprehensive awareness of evidential procedures and for certain cases, involving critical evidence, a police officer will be present. All equipment is of police interview suite standards.
Regular written reports detailing usage of facility and feedback on experiences of both families and authorities.
Budget - Project Cost: £21,500Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,000 Training Training programme on use of equipment for staff £3,500 Commisioning Setting up connections overseas, ISDN lines, streaming codecs etc £8,000 Running Costs per year Electricity, daily maintenance, consumables, staffing, ISDN and broadcast line billing, staffing etc £2,500 Depreciation and maintenance Equipment may need to be replaced or maintained due to depreciation through use £4,500 Awareness Producing literature and direct training to police and other relevant groups
The facility itself is based on the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England but will benefit all UK citizens.
Victims of crime overseas and their families.
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