agreed the finance to ensure each of London's 32 boroughs will be
provided with a vulnerable and intimidated witness interview room.
record interviews with vulnerable persons, including, in the light of
recent cases which highlighted a lack of specific facilities in this
area, children. To underline this it has been decided to locate the
VIWIRs away from custody sites wherever possible.
Graham Tope, chair of the finance committee, said:
'The original programme, begun last year, to provide VIWIRs in a
number of locations has already seen the commencement and fitting out
of 20 rooms. Today we agreed the finance for a continuance of the
project to ensure that each of London's boroughs benefits from one of
these valuable resources.
'Each room will be furnished with video and tape recording equipment
enabling officers to gather the best possible quality of evidence in
an appropriate manner.'
Each VIWIR is estimated to cost an average of £44,000 resulting in an
overall project cost of £1,442,000.
Schedule of sites and status