Date: 01 Oct 2008
Area where based: Hartlepool
Outline of Project:
One year after the alignment of its DIP and PPO schemes, Hartlepool identified that there was a further need to enhance and develop it’s offender management model and build on prior success by providing a more integrated approach to working with offenders causing the most harm in the community.
Following a development and stakeholder consultation process, it was agreed that an expansion of the PPO scheme to include ‘high crime causers’ (those on the threshold of becoming a PPO) and the integration of the Drug Rehabilitation Unit (incorporating those on DRRs) working with dedicated outreach staff across all themes, was the best way forward. This approach underpins the basis for the integrated offender initiative, known as the Reduction of Reoffending Team (RoRT).
One of the unique features of Hartlepool’s integrated team is the agreement the Probation staff will work with offenders not on statutory orders. The initiative has introduced an assertive outreach team. The team directly challenges offending behaviour, support offender compliance with orders and other statutory requirements and provide support to assist engagement with treatment.
The Hartlepool initiative proposes the use of Conditional Cautioning with the condition to engage with drug treatment. Deferred Sentence Reports are proposed in order to build on available community options to reduce offending in the longer term rather than the imposing short custodial sentences.
There is also a focus on obtaining and maintaining suitable accommodation for offenders targeted by the RoRT and gaining them access to employment and training opportunities. In terms of sentencing decisions the RoRT appropriately promote the imposition of Restrictions on Bail (RoB) and DRRs to tackle drug related offending.
The Hartlepool model also aims to reduce drug related offending through better information sharing, targeting and risk assessment and a more effective ‘grip ‘of the most problematic drug-misusing offenders. An information sharing protocol was developed and signed up to by all relevant parties concerned and the model proposes a proactive approach to gaining client consent t share information.
All in all the team aims to break down the lines of demarcation in offender management. Police Officers can outreach as well as enforce, outreach can challenge offending behaviour as well as providing support, and probaton can work with non statutory cases as well as those on orders. The interagency approach sees everyone as part of one team working towards one aim.
Aims and Objectives:
The aim was to reduce the harm that drugs cause to society – communities, individuals and their families.
Date Added: 20 May 2010