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)
- Following discussions with the National Police Service (NPS) about the future police role in managing Indeterminate Public Protection (IPP) prisoners, Thames Valley Police are now working with all IPP cases. Further work is being carried out to include female offenders in this cohort, in line with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) female offender strategy.
- 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.
- TVP’s drug diversion pilot scheme has begun in West Berkshire following extensive development and research by the Policing Strategy Unit. Offenders found with small quantities of illegal drugs are given an opportunity to engage with a tailored diversion route to address their drug use instead of facing prosecution. Aiming to break the cycle of re-offending, this scheme can help reduce demand on frontline services and reduce the number of drug-related deaths in Thames Valley.
- 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.
- The out of court disposals framework is being rolled out across the force. This provides a two tier disposal strategy of conditional cautions or community resolutions. Currently being trialled in Reading under Operation Pathway, this streamlined process is quicker and ensures appropriate disposals are made.
- 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.