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The finance committee of the Metropolitan Police Authority has ...
The finance committee of the Metropolitan Police Authority has

agreed the finance to ensure each of London's 32 boroughs will be

provided with a vulnerable and intimidated witness interview room.

Vulnerable and Intimidated Witness Rooms enable improved provision to

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

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