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Tuesday 25 July 2017
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<p>Integrated Offender Management in Bucks</p>

KR/GPG/5/1.0
Author: Bucks Strategic Partnership

Briefing paper

Integrated Offender Management in Bucks

1.0 Background

Inspired by the success of the Prolific and other Priority Offender (PPO)

Programme, Drug Interventions Programme (DIP), Multi-Agency Assessment

Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and other partnership work,

Integrated Offender Management approaches a target group of offenders in

the community. This includes offenders who are the subject of statutory

supervision and those who are not; both youths and adults; those who present

the highest risks to their communities. It seeks to build on the work already

done to ‘prevent and deter’ and ‘catch and convict’ offenders by seeking to

‘rehabilitate and resettle’ them. Integrated Offender Management is

essentially about doing our core tasks in partnership and better.

 

The Safer and Stronger Bucks Partnership Board agreed to exploring

Integrated Offender Management as a way of responding to the levels of

serious acquisitive crime across the county. Of particular concern in both

South Bucks and Wycombe, was the measure of crimes per 1000 for burglary

dwelling. At the end of 2008/09 Local Area Agreement targets had to be

reframed in the light of failure to achieve the year 1 targets. This led to

increased impetus towards the development of an effective Integrated

Offender Management model. A small group of partners worked closely on

developing the skeleton of a model drawing on a number of approaches

adopted across the country and examples of perceived best practice. There

has been little outcome-based evaluation nationally, meaning that there is no

clear indication as to the success of an Integrated Offender Management

approach. However experience in Multi-Agency Assessment Public

Protection Arrangements, managing dangerous offenders and other

processes indicate that the underlying principles are sound.

 

 

2.0 Strategic Aim

The strategic aim is to reduce serious acquisitive

crime, reduce reoffending and improve public confidence.

Serious acquisitive crime includes:-

 

• Domestic burglary

• Robbery

• Theft from motor vehicle

• Theft of motor vehicle

 

This Integrated Offender Management scheme engages those offenders who

are involved in crime and cause significant damage to a local community.

The focus of the scheme is to identify and work with offenders of this profile,

and in particular, offenders who are not necessarily engaged in community

interventions/ treatment. Our aim is to ensure that we match the level of

interventions to the offending risk of the individual

 

 

3.0 Key objectives

• Improved personal outcomes for an individual offender – self assessed

• understanding by an individual of their personal triggers to re-offending

• Develop a personalised treatment plan designed to address the risks in

relation to re-offending through encouraging access to appropriate

interventions

• Reduction in crime in a defined geographic area

• Reduction in crime by a defined cohort of individuals

• Reduce court appearances for both individual offenders and the

Integrated Offender Management cohort as a whole

• Reduce risk of re-offending- as demonstrated by reduced individual

“Oasys” (the Probation risk management tool) – risk of re-offending “

scores where appropriate

• Improved treatment outcome profile where appropriate

• Reduce the relative seriousness of the offences committed

 

 

4.0 Our Approach

The Integrated Offender Management model will closely resemble the Prolific

and other Priority Offender model. However, the Integrated Offender

Management cohort includes both those with Prolific and other Priority

Offender profiles and individuals coming to the attention of the Police for

defined priority crimes. Those within the cohort who are Prolific and other

Priority Offenders are likely to be recipients of statutory interventions and will

be proactively and assertively managed with the agreed offender

management regime. Once fully engaged the access to rehabilitative

interventions will be increased. There will also be a multi-agency problem

solving team, whose focus will be on a defined and agreed list of offenders

perpetrating Serious Acquisitive Crime. The management of individuals within

the Integrated Offender Management cohort has been responsive to local

need and focuses on: -

 

• All current Prolific and other Priority Offenders who have been

reviewed in line with the Home Office Guidance June 2009

• Those at risk of becoming Prolific and other Priority Offender s ‘of the

future’

• Processes for de-selection from the cohort – how we move people on

 

The principle underpinning the Integrated Offender Management model from

the individual’s perspective is that of individuals taking responsibility for their

offending behaviour. The operation of the model will be a “carrot and stick”

approach to working with Integrated Offender Management clients. There is

an inherent challenge in this in that the Integrated Offender Management

clients include both Prolific and other Priority Offenders over which there is

statutory control and the wider Integrated Offender Management cohort over

which there are no statutory levers.

 

The “carrot” – support, inputs and investments, e.g. access to reducing reoffending

interventions - is very clear with both statutory and voluntary

offenders. However the “stick” is much more influential for the statutory

segment of the Integrated Offender Management cohort (Prolific and other

Priority Offenders) because failure to comply will result in enforcement. The

non statutory cohort would not incur such direct consequences. However this

would trigger enhanced levels of surveillance and monitoring, designed to

disrupt opportunities for offending.

 

The key task with the non statutory group is to be very high visibility and

profile at the point at which the offender stops engaging. The aim is to be

proactive with a view to rapid re-engagement.

 

4.1 Roll out across Buckinghamshire

The project has been supported by funding from the Area Based Grant and

from BSP Implementation Group from the reward grant pooled fund

In addition a funding stream ring fenced for Wycombe was been identified

(Home Office Vigilance Programme), with the focus on burglary and robbery.

This enabled early roll out there. This has enabled the model to be

implemented first in Wycombe. Buckinghamshire Basic Command Unit

identified an Inspector and Sergeant to lead tactical roll out and Probation

Service has recruited additional posts to work very closely with Police and

offenders to work with offenders to address the underlying causes of their

offending behaviour.

 

4.3 Roll out in South Bucks

South Bucks Local Police Area faces particular challenges due to the

geography and demographics of their offenders. South Bucks has a

particularly high rate of serious acquisitive crimes per 1000 population and

there is a particular need to address identified cross-border offending. This is

still a priority in the Local Police Area and extensive work has been conducted

with Partners in Slough to ensure a joined up approach to addressing the

offending behaviour of those who live in Slough and offend in South Bucks.

There is strategic agreement with Partners.

 

4.4 Who is in our Integrated Offender Management Team

The Integrated Offender Management Model involves a partnership approach

from Bucks Probation and the Bucks Basic Command Unit, together with key

Partners from both voluntary and statutory sectors.

 

4.4.1 Thames Valley Police

• As an indication of commitment to the Integrated Offender

Management model, the Buckinghamshire Basic Command Unit

Commander has provided an Inspector (responsible for delivering the

Integrated Offender Management vision). In support, will be a sergeant

(responsible for managing the police elements of the model) and four

constables (involved in the tactical-level delivery and intelligence

management).

 

4.4.2 Bucks Probation

• At a Thames Valley wide level there has been clear support for this

approach and locally Buckinghamshire Probation has identified 1.5 Full

time equivalents at senior management level to ensure that staff are

effectively supervised in working with this challenging group.

 

4.4.3 Partnership Integrated Offender Management posts

• Funding has been forthcoming from the BSP and Safer and Stronger

Bucks Partnership Board for the employment Integrated Offender

Management tracker posts. A key element of the role is to mentor

adult offenders and using their motivational skills to drive behaviour

change.

 

 

5.0 Developing the network of interventions

A key area of the Bucks Integrated Offender Management model is the

development of a menu of interventions aligned to the 7 pathways of reducing

re-offending. Most of the interventions should be available in a local area and

be cost neutral. For example:

 

• Access to housing support and advice

• Access to Job Centre plus services

• Drug and alcohol treatment services

• Access to primary care and mental health services

• Access to Adult learning

• Access to leisure and sporting facilities

• Access to Citizens Advice Bureau services

• Access group work on attitudes, beliefs and behaviour

• Support from other statutory services in relation to safeguarding and

children and families

• Access to voluntary and third sector support services. E.g. MIND,

Mother and Toddler facilities

 

 

6.0 Current management structures

A Steering Group has been convened to work within the overarching structure

outlined by the Local Criminal Justice Board.