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West Yorkshire Prolific & Other Priority Offenders Scheme - The Premium Service

Version: KR/P/5/1.0
Author: West Yorkshire Police

Version: 1.0

August 2009

 

 

Contacts

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

SECTION 1 Introduction

What is a Premium Service? .................................................................................. 3

PPO Volumes ....................................................................................................... 4

Scope ................................................................................................................. 4

Governance ......................................................................................................... 4

Responsibilities of all LCJB partners ........................................................................ 5

Review................................................................................................................ 6

 

SECTION 2 West Yorkshire IOM Governance Diagram.................................................7

 

SECTION 3 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership Responsibilities..........................8

 

SECTION 4 Police Responsibilities

Selection.............................................................................................................. 9

Offender Managers............................................................................................... 10

Assessment ........................................................................................................ 10

Case management ............................................................................................... 10

Arrest ................................................................................................................ 11

Investigation ...................................................................................................... 11

Disposal ............................................................................................................. 13

Review Process ................................................................................................... 13

Prison Release .................................................................................................... 13

Administration & IT .............................................................................................. 14

 

SECTION 5 Crown Prosecution Service Responsibilities...............................................15

 

SECTION 6 Her Majesty’s Courts Service Responsibilities

Magistrates Courts Responsibilities..........................................................................17

Crown Court Responsibilities...................................................................................17

 

SECTION 7 Probation Service Responsibilities

Sentencing and Community Penalties ......................................................................18

 

SECTION 8 Youth Offending Service/Teams Responsibilities........................................21

SECTION 9 Her Majesty’s Prison Service Responsibilities.............................................22

SECTION 10 Exit Strategy.......................................................................................24

SECTION 11 Performance, Timescales & Minimum Standards.......................................26

SECTION 12 Glossary of Terms................................................................................30

SECTION 13 Signatories..........................................................................................32

 

Introduction

 

The Prolific and other Priority Offender (PPO) Strategy was introduced in March

2004 as a way of targeting offenders who commit the most crime and cause the

most harm to local communities. An evaluation in 2007 showed the significant

successes of local schemes in tackling the offending behaviour of the most difficult

and damaging offenders.

In West Yorkshire, PPOs are offenders identified as presenting the highest risk of reoffending

and harm to communities. Selection takes place based on information and

intelligence from all partners involved, and is based on a multi-agency assessment.

Offenders who are PPOs are afforded the most intense service.

West Yorkshire is one of six national pioneers, developing a multi-agency approach

to Integrated Offender Management (IOM), and the PPO Premium Service is set

within this context.

IOM incorporates the PPO scheme, and extends the number of offenders in

intensive management, based on a selection matrix taking account of risk of reoffending

and risk to local communities.

The Strategy aims to prioritise actions and resources of Local Criminal Justice Board

(LCJB) members towards preventing offending and changing the criminal behaviour

of the selected PPOs.

The strategy is in three complementary parts designed to tackle both prolific

offending and its roots, comprising:

• Deter Young Offenders – the young people identified by the YOS/Ts as

presenting the highest risk of re-offending, subject to intensive multi-agency

interventions;

• Catch and Convict – actively tackling offenders identified as the most

prolific;

• Rehabilitate and Resettle – providing a range of supportive interventions with

a view to reducing re offending.

 

The Premium Service is expected to be developed further and updated as new good

practice comes to light, or to take account of future policy changes.

What is a Premium Service?

The Premium Service is defined as an improved level of service, which in all cases

will result in the greater use of resources in order to bring about swifter '’brought to justice outcomes’’. In particular ‘Premium’ could take a number of forms:

• Prioritisation of resources – To ensure “resources follow risk” reprioritising

resources locally to provide preferential access to programmes or deploy more experienced/specialist staff to increase the prospects of securing the desired outcome.

• Faster processing – dealing with offenders quickly in order to accelerate

the application of control or the provision of positive rehabilitative

interventions.

• Enhanced quality standards – for example covering more frequent

supervisory contacts with offenders or enhanced assurance/decision making

processes according to minimum agreed standards.

•Increased multi-agency collaboration – effective delivery of the PPO

programme requires the engagement and active participation of the Police,

Probation, Prisons, CPS, HMCS, NOMS, YOS and other partners, outside

the CJS, as appropriate.

 

Its usage is to ensure that Criminal Justice can bring a clear and consistent

approach to prioritising effort and resource on tackling priority groups of offenders.

 

There is a National expectation, driven by the National Criminal Justice Board

(NCJB) that such a service is readily deployed on a local basis to provide

• A clear and consistent set of requirements;

• A common framework for Criminal Justice partners to operate within;

•The medium to utilise and share examples of emerging good practice;

•To provide a basis for the Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) to hold local

agencies to account in securing the ambition of the strategy and delivering

the premium service.

 

PPO Volumes

There are currently about 16,000 PPOs across England and Wales.

West Yorkshire currently has 488 PPOs as at May 2009.

 

Scope

The Premium Service currently caters for all three strands of the model and applies

to those offenders that pose sufficient risk to warrant PPO status.

The Premium Service does not extend to judicial decision-making.

The Premium Service needs to be flexible enough to respond to National policies

and changing legislation.

 

Governance

The West Yorkshire Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB), in accordance with

national guidelines, will be responsible for ensuring that partner agencies are clear

about the requirements of the Premium Service and its delivery.

 

Although the LCJB is responsible for the Premium Service, the Police Authority has

an important role to play in determining how the strategy should be reflected in the

local three-year strategic plan and the annual policing plan.

Strategic governance across West Yorkshire is to be achieved through joint

governance between the LCJB and the five West Yorkshire CDRP structures.

LCJB through the sponsorship of the West Yorkshire IOM Strategic Delivery Board,

that includes representation from Probation, Youth Offending, Crown Prosecution,

HM Courts and HM Prison Services, G4S, Crime and Disorder Reduction

Partnerships (CDRPs), Police and Local Authority.

Responsibilities will include:

• Ensuring local compliance with the LCJB Delivery Plan;

• Reflecting individual partner agency performance management

arrangements;

• Making links with Regional Re-offending Partnerships within National

Offender Management Strategy (NOMS);

• Monitoring delivery of the Premium Service and holding the responsible

agencies to account;

• Commissioning an annual audit and review of the PPO Premium Service to

ensure it is fit for purpose.

 

The five District CDRPs, supported by the five Criminal Justice Operational Groups

(CJOGs) are responsible for delivery of the strategy locally.

 

Responsibilities of all LCJB partners

• All parties will, where appropriate and lawful:

• Engage in the selection and de-selection of PPOs, tasking and multi-agency

case conferencing.

• Clearly identify PPOs within paper and electronic reports and files; manual

and electronic case recording systems.

• Ensure clarity within the sentence plan for each individual, as to which

actions are the responsibility of which agency, taking into account relevant

statutory responsibilities of the agencies.

• Clearly identify and track PPOs through the criminal justice system, with

particular attention to points of inter-agency transfer.

• Fast-track PPOs through assessment and court systems, supervision and

support planning, access to resettlement services and behaviour change

interventions, and enforcement and breach procedures.

• Prioritise timely communication, information and intelligence sharing

between partners, including non-statutory organisations.

• Operate within nationally and locally agreed performance standards and

guidelines, and provide timely performance reports.

 

Review

The National Criminal Justice Board will ask the Office of Criminal Justice Reform to

carry out annual reviews of the Premium Service at a national level to ensure that it

remains relevant and appropriate.

The local implications will be that the West Yorkshire LCJB through its CJOGs and

district IOM monthly steering groups will ensure delivery and performance

management through local meetings.