Justice for victims must be top priority

New Victims' Commissioner Angela Sarkis
New Victims' Commissioner Angela Sarkis

In the modern media age, those who feel the desire can quickly and easily express their views on breaking news.

And so, within hours of Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds unveiling his latest initiative, there was widespread criticism on forums and social media.

It is hard to understand why the move to appoint someone to stand up for victims of crime in the county should have attracted such vitriol.

There is no doubt that Mr Simmonds has put the cat among the pigeons with some of his suggestions since winning office in November, but surely any move which will help put the victims of crime at the forefront of the minds of those operating and working within the criminal justice system has got to be good?

For far too long victims have been second class citizens within the criminal justice system.

Angela Sarkis will try to ensure the needs of victims of crime are at the heart of the police force and in the courts.

She is spot on when she says that what is important today is that we give victims a choice and a voice.

They need a choice in what actually happens to them and a stronger voice throughout the process of administering justice.

It is very easy to sit behind a computer keyboard and criticise, but perhaps some of the keyboard warriors need to think twice about what they commenting on and give something new and innovative a chance to succeed.

Neil Pickford, Editor