yeah but then we get people like Police Oracle going on about PCSOs having mission creep and stuff like that
at the risk of boring you all to death
(one last time) if you take an MG11 from a victim .....
1) Provide victims (or close bereaved relatives) with information about the VPS and explain that it is a statement made by victims in their own words to explain how a crime has affected them. The police should inform the victim about what should and should not be included in the VPS. The statement should be taken on an MG-11 form.
2) Explain that the VPS is optional – no one has to make a VPS if they do not want to and it will not affect how the case is investigated. No pressure should be put on the victim to do this.
3) Explain that the victim can express a preference as to whether or not they would like to read their VPS aloud (or have it played if recorded) or have it read out on their behalf (usually by a CPS prosecutor) in court if the defendant is found guilty during the trial. You should also explain that the decision on whether or not the victim is able to read out all or part of their VPS is at the discretion of the court. You should record the victim’s preference.
4) Explain that the statement will still be considered by the court as far as it considers appropriate when sentencing an offender whether or not the victim chooses to read their VPS aloud or have it read aloud on their behalf
has anybody actually done this??