AIM: A modern offender management strategy for Thames Valley addressing gaps in existing schemes and tackling offenders across the crime spectrum who pose the greatest risk or threat of harm.
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
- Over £3m of funding provided to Local Authorities across the Thames Valley to tackle local priorities including offender management programmes.
- Over £72,000 provided to Aspire Oxford to deliver a project which aims to work with offenders 'through the gates' to help get them into employment.
- £40,000 of funding has been provided to establish a rent deposit scheme for offenders who struggle to secure housing.
- Over £52,000 provided to Circles South East to work towards rehabilitation of high risk sexual offenders.
Thames Valley Police
- The Thames Valley Police Integrated Offender Management (IOM) cohort is now at a record 312 offenders, of which almost a quarter are domestic abuse related. IOM now manage all violent and/or dangerous offenders as classified under MAPPA (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements).
- The Protecting Vulnerable People Unit are in discussions with the National Police Service (NPS) about the future police role in managing Indeterminate Public Protection (IPP) prisoners.
- Key Criminal Justice partners are being engaged in order to establish complementary approaches to diversion and offender aftercare referrals, for example probation services and custody partnerships including Liaison and Diversion. The timing of the rollout is linked to the delivery of effective rehabilitative treatments including Victim Awareness Course and drug and alcohol treatment.
- The Protecting Vulnerable People Unit are leading on a pilot scheme in Aylesbury to develop links between Local Policing Area (LPA) teams and Public Protection Teams. This will utilise local knowledge on Registered Sex Offenders to help prevent offending behaviour and appropriately increase local officer knowledge on dangerous offenders living in their area.
- A restorative justice pilot scheme called Reading Community Court has been introduced and is aimed at first time offenders aged between 10 and 17 years old. The pilot aims to both manage the offender and allow for closure and support for the victim. The 'Court' is made up of volunteers from local colleges and the University of Reading.
- Increased number of Organised Crime Group nominals on the IOM cohort – currently 24 mapped OCG nominals.
- We have established new links with the British Transport Police IOM scheme to coordinate offender management of county line drug dealers utilising the transport network out of London travelling into Thames Valley.
- Around 40% of IOM nominals are National Probation Service cases. Previously this was circa 10% (these cases are of higher threat, harm and risk than Community Rehabilitation Company cases), demonstrating that the IOM programme has successfully evolved into priority areas.
- The Victim Awareness Course is now established as the core general intervention available for victim-based out of course disposals in the south of the force. The course is now being run from Reading.
- Protocols for domestic abuse conditional cautions have been agreed between with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) following consultation with national CPS domestic abuse lead. This will allow the police to mandate an offender to attend a perpetrator programme as part of the conditions of the caution.
- Protecting Vulnerable People have updated Niche with registered sex offender details so they are visible to neighbourhood police teams. Tasked visits will be undertaken by neighbourhood teams to specific offenders who are displaying chaotic behaviours, using local knowledge to monitor potential offenders and maximise local intelligence. Although the numbers involved are small, initial feedback is positive.