I worked at Crown Prosecution Service full-time (More than 3 years)
The are some people at the CPS that really care about what they do and take their role in the criminal justice system very seriously.
One of the main problems with the CPS is the split between legal and non-legal grades. This creates quite a two tier organisation where the two members aren't equal. As such, I have experienced quite a bit of division between the two career families (though a number of really strong working partnerships do exist at local levels).
A large number of unnecessary change and transformation projects which have little positive impact on the end service are initiated but not fully thought through or delivered resulting in disruption.
Limited career opportunities - especially for non-legal grades and for those looking to move into one of the the Government's professions.
Advice to Management
Focus on what the service is there for - to fairly and independently prosecute those accused of crimes - and direct all your limited resources to this.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Crown Prosecution Service (London, England (UK)) in December 2016.
Online application on civil service website with 4/5 competency based questions. Followed by interview that was completely compentency based. Around 4-5 questions asked. After I was successful at the interview (found out a month later), had to complete security checks, DBS, pre employment checks and Heath declaration etc.
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