Find out what prosecutors say about the first CPS Football Conference (video clips)
The first Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Football Prosecutors conference was the best opportunity for staff of the CPS, Home Office, UK Football Policing Unit, Football Association and Professional Football Association to gather and share good practice, said Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and CPS lead on football issues.
(You can read more about CPS Football Prosecutors here.)
Mr Hawkins said: "The South African Police Commissioner Ben Groenwald made a special trip to the UK for this conference and unveiled what kind of security we could expect for the World Cup 2010. He said that the presence of Football Prosecutors at tournaments was a good idea and that he was thinking of using the same concept for 2010. We, of course, are always happy to share our expertise and experience of working in partnership with others at home and overseas."
The conference was held at Charlton FC on 16 April 2009.
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Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Nick Hawkins tells us about the aims and objectives of the first CPS Football Prosecutor conference
Why do we have CPS football prosecutors?
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What were the aims of the CPS football prosecutors conference?
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Ben Groenwald, South African Police Assistant Commissioner
The South African Police Assistant Commissioner shares his impressions on the conference and tells us what he thinks about the British model
Why is it important for you to attend the first CPS football prosecutors conference?
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What do you think about the work of the CPS football prosecutors?
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Do you think the British model is a good one?
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Simon Clements, Head of CPS Special Crime Division
Simon explains how it is important for the CPS to work closely with the police and how the CPS exports its knowledge abroad.
Why is it important to have CPS football prosecutors?
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How do we work with the Police?
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How do we share good practice with our counterparts abroad?
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Jim Hope, Football Prosecutor for CPS Northumbria
Jim Hope gives an insight into the role of CPS Football Prosecutor.
What does a CPS football prosecutor do?
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Why is it important to work closely with the Police?
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What evidence do you need to prosecute football related cases?
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Notes to Editors
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- Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution
- Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute
- Preparing cases for court
- Presenting cases at court
- The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition there are four specialised national divisions: Organised Crime, Special Crime, Counter-Terrorism and the Fraud Prosecution Service. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 85.1% in 2007-2008. Further information can be found on our website.
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