If you live in Dorset your Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) is the Dorset Criminal Justice Board was formally established in April 2003. It is one of 42 local boards set up across England and Wales. The membership of the Dorset Criminal Justice Board is made up of the local chief officers of:
- Her Majesty's Court Services
- Crown Prosecution Service
- Dorset Police
- Dorset Probation Trust
- Bournemouth & Poole, & Dorset Youth Offending Teams
- Her Majesty's Prison Services
Our current priorities are based around securing an increase in the number of offences brought to justice, caring for victims and witnesses of crime and improving public confidence in the criminal justice system.
Dorset nominee Michael Kay (Magistrate and LCCS Steering Group member) has won the Individual Support Award for Local Crime and Community Sentencing Initiative.
This is the third year running that Dorset has been successful in winning a National Local Crime and Community Sentence Award!
Dorset were runners up in 2011 in the Best Newcomer category and the Steering Group were winners in 2012 for the Innovation/Ground Breaking – Team Award category.
This is without doubt deserved recognition for Michael's contribution to Dorset LCCS. He has worked tirelessly to help ensure the success of LCCS in Dorset. He has given of his time without hesitation and is wholly committed to the project. Since the start of LCCS Michael has been actively involved and sought and encouraged magistrates to volunteer to become presenters for this important initiative.
Over the last two years Michael has enthusiastically, diligently and consistently sought to obtain funding for administering LCCS and still continues to this day. Because it is very hard to obtain funding for this sort of project Michael decided to put an advert on the CVS (Council for Voluntary Sector) website to generate interest from Volunteers. As a result Dorset Probation have now taken on Brian Farmer as a volunteer to carry out the local co-ordinator role. This has meant that probation staff’s time have been freed up to carry out their day to day business, thus saving resource, time and money.
Michael has also assisted Avon and Somerset to develop their LCCS project and the Dorset Probation Board received complimentary feedback from them thanking Michael for his help. He is a strong believer in community sentences and understands the positive impact that they can have upon addressing offending and long term rehabilitation. Without Michael's help and support, Dorset LCCS would not have grown to the position it is now.
The award was presented by the Right Hon The Lord Judge of Draycote, Lord Chief Justice for England and Wales at this year's National LCCS Co-ordinators Seminar in London.
Left to right: John Wiseman, Michael Kay JP, Lesley-Anne Randell-Turner, The Lord Chief Justice, Brian Farmer