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Victim Perspectives on Past Injustices
This is the third webinar of three precursor events leading up to our 2021 Cumberland Lodge Police Conference on ‘Towards Justice: Law Enforcement & Reconciliation’.

This series examines criminal justice approaches to addressing historical wrongs in society. In particular, it explores the role of the police in promoting successful and enduring reconciliation and the pursuit of wider social justice.

This webinar takes the format of a conversation between Dame Vera Baird QC, Victims’ Commissioner, and Assistant Commissioner Robert Beckley, Overall Command of Operation Resolve.

We consider the role of the victim when investigating and examining the past. We take the opportunity to discuss how the voices, or silence, of the victims should be acknowledged during an investigation.

You can follow this series on social media: #clTowardsJustice

Feb 25, 2021 11:00 AM in London

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Dame Vera Baird DBE QC
Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales
Appointed on 24 June 2019 for a three-year term as Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales, Dame Vera is responsible for championing the interests of crime victims and witnesses and reviewing the operation of the Victims Code of Practice (the Code). As Commissioner, she regularly meets heads of Criminal Justice agencies, Ministers, Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners, victim organisations, Parliamentarians and voluntary groups. She will undertake reviews into victim services and report on how agencies are complying with the Code. Dame Vera is the former Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria (2012-19). She previously spent much of her working life as a criminal barrister.
Assistant Commissioner Robert Beckley QPM
Overall Command of 'Operation Resolve'
Rob Beckley joined the Metropolitan Police as a Constable in 1986 and carried out a variety of different roles working his way up to the rank of Chief Inspector. In 1997 he transferred to Thames Valley Police and became a Superintendent and then Chief Superintendent becoming the commanding officer for the southern half of Buckinghamshire. In 2002 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) and left Thames Valley to join Hertfordshire Police. As ACC he spent time as Head of Territorial Operations and also Crime and Operations, overseeing the response to major incidents including the Potters Bar rail crash. In July 2013 Rob was appointed the College of Policing's Chief Operating Officer. This role saw Rob play a leading role in the development of the professional body setting policing standards and practice. Rob was appointed as Officer in Overall Command of Operation Resolve in November 2016.