29% Reduction in the Re-Offending Rate of Warwickshire’s Prolific and Priority Offenders Reported

The Home Office have confirmed that the Warwickshire Prolific and Priority Offender (PPO) Scheme has achieved a massive 29% reduction in the offending rates of its Prolific and Priority Offenders between April 2009 and March 2010. A reduction target of 19% was set for the year so it’s brilliant news that we have achieved such a huge reduction above the target set by the Home Office.

The team would like to thank everyone who has supported the scheme and especially those people who have been working directly with the PPOs as PPOs can be some of the most challenging and chaotic individuals who live in the county. Warwickshire is very lucky to have staff and practitioners, from all the agencies involved, who continue to make a positive difference by protecting the public from harm through assisting and offering support to the PPOs in their rehabilitation or by ensuring enforcement action is taken when necessary.

The success Warwickshire have had in reducing the reoffending of PPOs further demonstrates what a key part the scheme plays within the criminal justice system.

Background to the Prolific and Priority Offender Scheme is below…..

The Prolific and other Priority Offender Scheme was introduced in 2004 as a way of targeting the small number offenders known to commit a disproportionately large amount of crime. It is estimated that out of a million active offenders, only 10% are responsible for 50% of all the crime committed in England and Wales. The most active 5000 of this group are thought to be responsible for one of every ten offences. It placed responsibility on local Community Safety Partnerships (formerly CDRPs) to establish local schemes, usually multi-agency partnerships primarily involving police and probation, to work with Prolific and other Priority Offenders. The emphasis is on a multi-agency approach to tackling the problem, with local criminal justice board (LCJB) co-ordination to effectively catch, convict, monitor and manage these offenders in the community or custody, and work towards rehabilitating them.

The strategy has three complementary strands, each designed to tackle prolific offending and its causes:

· Prevent and Deter . stopping young people from becoming prolific offenders and effectively managing young offenders
· Catch and Convict . reducing offending by apprehension and conviction, and through enforcement, by ensuring a swift return to court for those who continue to offend
· Rehabilitate and Resettle . working to increase the number of such offenders who stop offending by offering a range of supportive interventions.

For more detail please visit the Warwickshire Criminal Justice Board website:


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