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PCC sees first hand benefits of helping and managing offenders

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Cllr Ashton, Hon Ed Vaizey MP, John Penrose MP and Sue Mountstevens

Managing offenders and helping offenders back into work was the focus of Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens community day in North Somerset on Thursday, April 11.

Commissioner Mountstevens started her day with a multi-agency team including, police, probation, prison officers and drugs workers called IMPACT. The team all work together to identify and manage the criminals who are committing most of the robberies, burglaries and thefts in the area.

Sue Mountstevens sat in on the team’s daily tasking before joining North Somerset Leader Cllr Ashton in welcoming Hon Ed Vaizey MP to Weston-super-Mare to officially open the Town Hall Gateway.

The Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Hon Ed Vaizey described the joint police and council enquiry desk at the Town Hall Gateway as "the way forward" and an example of how "people who work together deliver much more to the public."

Sue Mountstevens said: "Having police and council enquiries handled in one central location is an innovative way to serve the people of Weston-super-Mare.

"By working so closely with partner agencies in North Somerset, Avon and Somerset Police are delivering value for money whilst maintaining a high level of public service."

In the afternoon PCC Mountstevens visited Addaction Arrest Referral Service which offers help support and treatment for those affected by drug use.

In the evening she joined Bristol Mayor George Ferguson in celebrating the third anniversary of Bristol’s pioneering Restore Trust which helps long-term unemployed and ex-offenders back into the workplace.

Since its launch it has supported more than 800 clients across Bristol and Somerset, enabling them to achieve vocational qualifications in IT and construction, customer service and retail, and hospitality and catering.

Tweeting from the event Sue Mountstevens said: “I am constantly amazed that such brilliant stories are below the radar.”

Re-offending for those involved in the project has been reduced by 38% and has a 24% higher success rate than the Work Programme in moving trainees into full time work.

Posted on Friday 12th April 2013
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