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MEMBERS of Sweden’s police force have been finding out more about a scheme to help manage criminals considering to be at a high risk of reoffending.

The four-strong team spent three days with officers and staff from Hampshire Constabulary learning about the The Integrated Offender Management (IOM) scheme ahead of a similar project being set up in Stockholm.

In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight the scheme involves agencies including police, probation, the Society of St James’s, community partnerships and housing providers.

The group covered by the scheme includes prolific and priority offenders and offenders released from periods of short-term imprisonment.

Detective Superintendent Anna Ohlsson led the Swedish delegates. She said: ‘We have noticed they have succeeded much more than we have.’

She added: ‘We can see [Hampshire is] an area that is similar to Stockholm by inhabitants and crimes and so on. We didn’t want to go to an area where it wasn’t similar to the one we are working in.’

Keith Fincham, Hampshire police’s IOM development manager, said: ‘We are delighted that the Integrated Offender Management programme has garnered international interest, especially in relation to the successful multi-agency approach that has been taken.

‘The work that we’ve undertaken with regard to reducing reoffending and keeping our communities safe through the project has been very rewarding.’