Minister for Correctional Services Paul Goggins is to officially launch the Brighton and Hove Prolific Offenders Supervision Scheme (BAHPOSS) on Tuesday September 28.
An initiative of the Brighton and Hove Crime and Disorder Partnership, BAHPOSS targets offenders who are responsible for committing a disproportionate amount of crime in the area. The purpose behind it is to reduce the number of victims of crime and to reduce the risk of re-offending.
Offenders who are supervised by the Probation Service can be on the scheme as a condition of a Community Rehabilitation Order, a Court order where someone is to be punished in the community, or following a prison sentence. Offenders must live in Brighton and Hove.
The scheme is run by two staff, one Police Officer and one Probation Service Officer. The offender has to attend four appointments a week in order to address the reasons why they continuously commit crime. These appointments include a weekly home visit by the Police Officer and the Probation Service Officer.
Their other appointments can include contact with local partner community agencies, such as accommodation and drug/alcohol misuse treatment services, attendance on an offending behaviour group work programme, and accessing support and advice in relation to employment, training, education and basic skills (literacy and numeracy).
The scheme is closely linked to other projects in the City, including the Anti Social Behaviour Team and the Youth Offending Team.
Arthur Wing, Assistant Chief Officer for the Sussex Probation Area, said, "Probation and its partners targeting prolific offenders will help reduce offending and the number of victims of crime. It will result in agencies spending less time dealing with the same offenders. If a prolific offender fails to adhere to the scheme - they will be sent back to Court or prison straightaway underlining our public protection goal."
Councillor Gill Mitchell, Chair of the Environment Committee and the Community Safety Forum, also said, "As well as aiming to meet the important target of reducing crime in the City, this scheme offers the best opportunity for prolific offenders to receive help and support in order to change their offending behaviours once and for all. In that way we can help protect vulnerable victims."
DCI Steve Fowler from Sussex Police said, "The co-ordinated and proactive approach now in place between police, probation and other partner agencies will assist greatly in achieving positive outcomes with those involved in prolific crime. This type of scheme has worked very well in other areas and I am very optimistic regarding the levels of success with offenders and the reduction of crime that we are likely to achieve in Brighton and Hove."
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