A 49% Reduction in Re-Offending for Warwickshire Prolific and Priority Offenders

The Home Office has confirmed that the Warwickshire Prolific and Priority Offender (PPO) Scheme reduced the offending rates of its PPOs by 49% between April 2010 and March 2011.

The PPO programme was introduced in 2004 by the Home Office as away of focusing on 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 inEnglandandWales. The most active 5,000 of this group are thought to be responsible for one of every ten offences. Responsibility was placed on local Community Safety Partnerships to establish local schemes, whereby multi-agency partnerships, primarily involving the police and probation service, work with PPOs. The emphasis is on a multi-agency approach to break the re-offending cycle by catching, convicting, monitoring and managing PPOs with a view to rehabilitation.

On average, Warwickshire has between 80 – 100 PPOs on the scheme, of which approximately half are in prison. The types of offences PPOs typically commit are burglary, theft, violence, dishonesty, drug offences and anti-social behaviour. 

This is an extremely good result for Warwickshire and continues a positive trend for reducing re-offending in the county. The full press release can be found here.


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