Government plans criminal justice awareness drive

The Government is readying a public information campaign over its efforts to speed up the process of bringing criminals to justice, as the country goes on high alert after last week's London terror attack.

The Criminal Justice IT unit was this week sounding out PR agencies over a contract to promote its £2bn programme to integrate the information technology systems of the police, Crown Prosecution Service and the courts.

The mammoth project aims to 'increase public trust in the effectiveness of the criminal justice system' by slashing the time officials spend manually seeking out, sending and receiving case-related information.

Both criminal justice professionals and the public are to be targeted through a series of roadshows, branded 'The Criminal Justice Experience', and through a concerted media relations campaign.

'The Criminal Justice IT unit is in initial stages of exploring PR support,' said Janice O'Reilly, senior corporate PR manager at COI Communications, which is operating the search for agency support on the Government's behalf.

It kicked off talks with four agencies to handle a 12-month brief this week.

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