Portsmouth probation officer shortlisted for national award

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PROBATION officer Rob Marsh has been nominated for a national award.

It comes after Mr Marsh set up Portsmouth Voice, which tackles reoffending in the city.

He finds out tomorrow if he won a National Probation Award at a ceremony in Crewe. He said: ‘I’m excited to be nominated for this award.

‘I’ve enjoyed starting the group and seeing it work.

‘We are aiming to help more offenders to engage, so we ask those joining the group how we can get though to people who start off thinking that probation is a waste of time.

‘It’s about reaching more people and taking advice from the people in the group who have been through probation themselves.’

He set up the group after Hampshire Probation Trust became a Community Rehabilitation Company in June.