Talk on justice at city meeting
A GLIMPSE into the work of Peterborough’s courts and the probation service was offered at a neighbourhood watch meeting in the city.
Peterborough magistrate Steve Hanson and probation officer Christine Goff were special guests at the annual general meeting of the Werrington Neighbourbood Watch Cluster Group.
The event was held at the community education centre, in Church Street, Werrington, Peterborough.
Mr Hanson, who has been a magistrate since 1993, and Ms Goff, who as well as being a practising probation officer is also responsible for train- ing junior staff, used an interactive video presentation to give the audience a thorough talk on the workings of the criminal justice system – from the commission of a crime, to the detention of a suspect, a court case, sentencing, and the Community Payback scheme.
Chairman of the Werrington Neighbourhood Watch Cluster Group Lawrence Wright said: “The visit was great. It was very educational as far as the way the court procedure works.
“I think the public got out of it that there is justice. It’s very often slow, but that’s how the procedure works.”
The group was set up a year ago to promote good citizenship and greater public participation in the prevention of crime and has gone from strength-to-strength.
It currently has 45 street co-ordinators on its books and is planning further expansion in the coming year.
Anyone interest in becoming an active member of Werrington Neighbourhood Watch Cluster Group should contact Mr Wright by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01733 573332.