Probation programme reduces reoffending in Portsmouth

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A REOFFENDER programme that targets the most prolific criminals is helping bring crime rates down in the city.

Integrated Offender Management, run by public bodies including Hampshire Probation Trust, Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire County Council, offers support to offenders who are not given a supervision order as part of their court sentence. Entry on to the programme is voluntary, with help offered including support in finding accommodation, accessing education and drug and alcohol programmes.

PLEASED  Barrie Crook, Hampshire Probation Trust's chief executive with Chief Superintendent Richard Rowland, head of tasking and coordination directorate for Hampshire Constabulary

PLEASED Barrie Crook, Hampshire Probation Trust's chief executive with Chief Superintendent Richard Rowland, head of tasking and coordination directorate for Hampshire Constabulary

In statistics shared with The News, it was revealed there has been a 53 per cent reduction in the number of crimes reoffenders on the programme were arrested for in Portsmouth. There has also been a 35 per cent reduction in the number of times reoffenders were arrested.

In Gosport, Fareham, Waterlooville, Havant, the numbers were even higher, with a 64 per cent reduction in the number of times reoffenders on the programme were taken into custody.

Barrie Crook, chief executive of the county’s probation trust, said. ‘The success of Integrated Offender Management is about working in partnership. Every agency, accommodation provider, the council, the police are all key cogs in turning a person’s life around and preventing that individual from reoffending.

‘Without help to break the cycle, many offenders would spend large parts of their life revolving around the criminal justice system causing harm to themselves, their families and the communities they live in, as well as costing the taxpayer huge amounts of money.’