Posted on Monday 15th May

Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane continues to focus on putting victims at the heart of the county’s policing priorities.

Working alongside Cheshire Constabulary, the Commissioner is committed to making sure victims are fully informed and supported from the moment a crime takes place through to the end of the process, whatever the outcome may be.

The Cheshire Victim Information Pack, which is funded by the Commissioner, helps with this and through work between the Commissioner and Constabulary Officers it has been improved to reflect feedback from residents.

The information has been updated in the new look pack which now also includes Augmented Reality, enabling the booklet to come to life through video technology. This helps by making the information more accessible and more engaging for the reader ensuring they are fully informed. Additionally within the videos, key areas of information have been translated into languages such as Romanian and Kurdish.

The design is intended to be easier to use for both officers when supporting victims of crime and for victims so they can access the information they need quickly and is available for all victims of crime online as well as in in booklet form.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane, who has driven the development of the new look pack, said: “I have set a clear commitment that policing in Cheshire will put victims first. The Victim Information Pack plays a crucial role in ensuring if you are unfortunate enough to become a victim you understand your rights. The pack has been designed to assist Cheshire residents in finding support and services that are available to help you cope and recover from the experience of being a victim of crime and explain what will happen next following reporting.

"The addition of spoken sections and translations means that more people can access the information they need and the use of Augmented Reality brings the format into the 21st Century.”

Head of the Criminal Justice Department Jon Betts, added: “The Victim Information Pack is an excellent tool for helping victims understand the process and help direct them to the specialist help and support if they need it.

"The addition of the videos within the pack enables the booklet to come to life making it more accessible and more engaging for the reader ensuring they are fully informed.”

You can see the pack for yourself on the victim information pack page of this website.