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Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visits Beacon to learn how Catch22 support victims of crime in Hertfordshire.

The Princess Royal today visited Beacon Victim Care, Hertfordshire’s victim care service, at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City.

26 September 2018

• Her Royal Highness presented five Shining Light awards, celebrating outstanding achievements supporting victims of crime.
• Beacon Victim Care helps victims from across Hertfordshire cope and recover from their experience with crime- whether or not they have reported it to the police.
• The event was hosted at Hertfordshire Constabulary headquarters and the guest list included civic figures from across the region.

The Princess Royal today visited Beacon Victim Care, Hertfordshire’s victim care service, at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City. She met with the team supporting victims of crime and opened The Beacon Lodge, the county’s newest facility for providing 1:1 support to victims of crime. The visit was made in her capacity as Patron of Catch22, the charity running Beacon Victim Care on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Her Royal Highness met with Beacon team members and civic figures from across the county including Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield and Hertfordshire Police Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

Beacon Victim Care has a primary focus to help victims cope and recover from their experience of crime. Its team of dedicated and trained professionals create personal plans of support which could include emotional support, practical support or advocacy.

The Shining Light awards celebrate Beacon’s success delivering support across a broad range of specialities. The Princess presented certificates for achievements including: establishing a restorative justice provision, supporting child victims of crime, providing exceptional office support and outstanding support for individual victims, including a gang related incident.

Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to officially open The Lodge- a newly refurbished support facility on constabulary grounds. The Lodge acts as safe space for more vulnerable victims of crime to receive support, near to but distinct from police headquarters. The space is shared with Hertfordshire’s domestic abuse service- who also deliver discreet support to those who may not be able to meet in the community or their home.

Emma Jones, Head of Service for Beacon Victim Care says:

 “We are delighted that our Patron The Princess Royal has visited us at Hertfordshire Beacon today, and helped us celebrate the team’s commitment to serving victims of crime in Hertfordshire. It was made even more special by having someone who had used our service present to tell his story. Seeing them tell the audience how much Beacon has changed their life showed what a we make through our work.”

Speaking after the visit, Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said:

“I’m very proud to welcome The Princess Royal to Beacon and I know she was impressed by the hard work of Constabulary staff and the team from Catch22.

“Beacon has made a huge difference to the lives of people affected by all sorts of crime in the county, and earlier this year we were able to increase the support available to cover even more crimes, which is excellent news.”

Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims and Commissioning at the Hertfordshire PCC office said:

“This marks a fantastic milestone in the history of Beacon. Three years on from its launch, the service has grown from strength to strength and the visit of Her Royal Highness recognises how important the team’s work is, and I thank staff and Catch22 for that.

“I’m delighted that the Beacon Lodge has also been officially opened as it represents an important development in providing even greater level of support including those who seek support including mediation.”

  • Beacon supports victims of crime across Hertfordshire. Visit the website for information and advice to access support or call 03000 11 55 55 (option 3).