The good work in Durham and Darlington to reduce re-offending was showcased today to the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, Arfon Jones and members of his team.
Durham Constabulary’s Checkpoint scheme, under which low and medium level offenders are given the opportunity to sign a contract to engage with services and to refrain from criminal behaviour in return for not facing prosecution, is seen as a model of good practice in the UK.
Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg, who hosted the visit from North Wales, said “Checkpoint demonstrates that traditional criminal justice sanctions are less effective in reducing reoffending than diversion schemes. Traditional criminal justice sanctions such as a caution or a fine do nothing to address the reasons why people offend and reduce reoffending. 71% of adult women and 63% of adult men released from custody between April to June 2016 following a custodial sentence of less than 12 months, reoffended within a year. The national costs to policing of this kind of reoffending amount to around £1billion each year.
Commenting on the visit, Arfon Jones said “it’s always helpful for PCCs to share their experiences and expertise, so that the benefits of good practice are realised across the UK. I’m grateful to Ron and his colleagues for the opportunity to see them today, and I look forward to working together in the future”.
Posted on Friday 16th November 2018