The Community Safety Podcast

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Summary

Nazir Afzal OBE is the ex Chief Prosecutor for North West England. Listen to his experiences around racism and hate crime. Nazir also highlights the high profile cases that he has led on during his career.

Show Notes

CSP5 - Nazir Afzal 
 
Nazir Afzal OBE was Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England, and most recently, he was Chief Executive of the country’s Police & Crime Commissioners. During a 24 year career, he has prosecuted some of the most high-profile cases in the country, including the so-called Rochdale grooming gang, and led nationally on several legal topics, notably violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse, and honor-based violence. Nazir was recently appointed to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and is National Adviser on Gender-Based Violence to the Welsh Government.  
 
Nazir joins me today to discuss his experience of growing up in inner-city Birmingham and why it could be a frightening place for his family and community. He shares what he found so fulfilling about working in the Crown Prosecution Service and how a move to London allowed him to build his skill set, develop and grow. Nazir also describes his involvement in the Rochdale case, the bravery of the young women giving evidence, and why it subsequently triggered a change in guidelines for cross-examinations in sensitive cases.  
 
 
"The real answers come from within the community." - Nazir Afzal 
 
 
Today on The Community Safety Podcast: 
 
  • Nazir's experience of racism and hate crime as a teenager and a professional 
  • The lightbulb moment that drew Nazir towards becoming a lawyer. 
  • The opportunity that allowed him to pursue a more even work-life balance 
  • Why Nazir had to have a panic alarm installed in his house at one point and how that affected his life and his career 
  • The case that stands out in Nazir's mind and how it was brought to a successful conclusion by a diverse team of professionals  
  • Nazir's thoughts on how to break the cycle of imprisonment and criminal behaviour 
  • Some of the positives that have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic 
 
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What is The Community Safety Podcast?

The Community Safety Podcast has been created by Jim Nixon from Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Community Safety is the use of skills, knowledge and techniques, to prevent and reduce crime, disorder and fear of crime and develop safer communities in which to live, work and visit. Community Safety affects us all in society, it's all our responsibility to improve communities. Some of the main issues affecting communities in today’s society is violence, knife crime, mental health, alcohol abuse, drugs, child exploitation, anti-social behaviour and many many more.