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Concerns mount over privatising probation services


PCC Ron Hogg

Concerns mount over privatising probation services

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg continues to voice his concerns over the impending risks to privatising the probation service.

According to a recent article in the Independent, the probation service has descended into chaos since it was reorganised at the start of last month in preparation for handing 70% of the service’s management to the private sector, according to Westminster and union sources.

The article also states hundreds of examples are emerging of people on probation who have not been assigned an officer, meaning that they are walking free without any assessments on whether they pose an increased risk to the public since sentencing.

Mr Hogg said: "I warned in May, before the changes took place, that privatisation of the service was a step into the unknown and could potentially increase crime levels. Offenders should be properly assessed in all cases and I am concerned if some assessments are missed, or not done correctly, there could be an increased risk to public safety."

Follow PCC Ron Hogg on Twitter: @RonaldHogg1, or for organisation updates: @DurhamPCC.

Posted on Thursday 10th July 2014
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