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|Research shows that only 10 per cent of offenders are responsible for 50 per cent of recorded crimes. These crimes include theft from shops, burglary, criminal damage and assault and are often associated with drug and alcohol addiction.
The Prolific and Priority Offenders scheme is a partnership between probation, police, local councils and other community organisations targeting these most prolific offenders.
And it works. In some instances we have recorded an 80 per cent reduction in PPOs involved in the scheme being convicted of further crimes in a 12-month period.
Which offenders are targeted?
Offenders are identified for PPO because of their previous criminal record. Many have a long history of offending, with 30 or 40 convictions. They must have at least six convictions in the last 12 months. The type of offences is prioritised for seriousness, and schemes can focus on local priorities, such as burglary.
How are they supervised and supported?
Offenders are supervised by a team which includes a probation officer and apolice officer.
When offenders first come on to a PPO scheme, their lifestyle is often very chaotic. So we visit them at home. At first the offender needs a lot of support and contact time, and we will see them four times a week. Work starts by tackling the most immediate issues. This might include helping offenders with:
Sometimes the offenders have previously struggled to access help even when it is available, so PPO officers go with them to their appointments for the first few weeks. This helps them to overcome any barriers and start working on their problems.
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