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Staff from Avon and Somerset Probation Trust heard from the Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens at their conference in Weston-super-Mare on Monday, March 18.
The conference comes at a challenging time for probation services with a number of Government changes proposed.
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is working hard with Avon and Somerset’s Probation Trust’s Joe Kuipers and Chief Executive Sally Lewis to address the Government’s response to consultation on the future of probation.
Sue Mountstevens said: “I’ve been really impressed with the important contribution Probation makes to multi-agency working across Avon and Somerset. My role as PCC is partly an influencing role working with local partners in areas of joint interest. I intend to work closely with probation and with members of the Criminal Justice Board particularly as I start to prepare for the commissioning of local victim services.”
From April 2014 the PCC will be responsible for commissioning local victim services.
The government is currently compiling a response to the Transforming Rehabilitation consultation on its plans to transfer responsibility for certain offenders to firms and charities outside the Probation Service.