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The Prolific and Other Priority Offenders Strategy

It is estimated that out of a million active
offenders, 100,000 offenders have 3 or more convictions and are
responsible for half of all crime. The active offender population is
not static, 20,000 individuals leave this pool every year and are
replaced by another 20,000 offenders. The most active 5,000 of this
group are estimated to be responsible for one in ten offences. 

On 30th March 2004, the Prime Minister
announced an end to end strategy to address this group of offenders.
This was followed-up by a letter, on 1 April 2004, from the Home
Secretary, Lord Chancellor, Attorney General and the Secretary of
State for the Department for Education and Skills, which included
more detail on the strands of the programme.

In 3 complementary parts:

  • Prevent and Deter � to stop people (overwhelmingly young
    people) engaging in offending behaviours and graduating into
    prolific offenders;

  • Catch and Convict – actively tackling those who are already
    prolific offenders; and

  • Rehabilitate and Resettle � working with identified
    prolific offenders to stop their offending by offering a range
    of supportive interventions. Offenders will be offered the
    opportunity for rehabilitation or face a very swift return to
    the courts.

The new strategy builds on the work done under the existing
persistent offender scheme and will replace it. The new strategy
allows local areas to identify and select offenders using the
following criteria:

  • The nature and volume of the crimes they are committing

  • The nature and volume of other harm they are causing (e.g. By
    virtue of their gang leadership or anti-social behaviour)

  • Other local criteria based on the impact of the individuals
    concerned on their local communities

  • This should identify those individuals who are
    the most prolific offenders, the most persistently
    anti-social
    in their behaviour and those who pose the greatest
    threat to the safety and confidence
    of their local communities.

    The new strategy will be CDRP led, with schemes
    set up to cover every CDRP in the country. The emphasis will be on a
    multi-agency approach towards tackling the problem, with Police,
    CPS, Prisons and Probation working together, with LCJB coordination,
    to effectively catch, convict, monitor and manage these offenders in
    the community or custody and work towards rehabilitating them.

    The strategy was implemented nationally from
    6 September and initial guidance has now been issued to LCJBs and
    CDRPs. This includes supplementary information relating to roles and
    responsibilities, relationships with existing schemes and some case
    studies.

    What’s New?

    PPO PMF December 2004 Headline Measures report
    Excel 7.2Mb

    This is the second report of headline measures for the PPO
    Programme. It contains results from the December Performance
    Management Framework and shows data returned by local PPO schemes.

    Data Collection Tool
    Excel 323Kb

    This is the new data collection tool to be used for the January
    returns for the PPO Performance management framework. The deadline
    for local PPO schemes to return the data to their Government Office
    is Tuesday 8th February

    Prolific and other Priority Offenders –
    headline measures November 2004

    Excel 6.32Mb

    This is the first report of headline measures for the PPO
    Programme. It contains results from the November Performance
    Management Framework and shows data returned by local PPO schemes.

    A Performance Management Framework, covering
    Catch & Convict and Prevent & deter, has been developed
     

    We have also developed an e-community. If you would like to join,
    please email your details to
    ppo@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

    Catch and Convict Framework Guidance

    Initial
    Guidance for the Prolific and Priority Offender Strategy: Catch and
    Convict Framework- Covering letter

    Word 124KB

    Prolific
    and Other Priority Offender Strategy Initial Guidance Catch and
    Convict Framework July 2004

    Word 186KB

    Supplementary Annexes (Including Case Studies)

    Prolific
    and Other Priority Offender Strategy Supplementary Annex Catch and
    Convict Framework July 2004

    Word 117KB

    Rehabilitate and Resettlement Guidance

    Supplementary Guidance:
    Rehabilitate and Resettle Framework

    Word 204KB

    Prevent and Deter Guidance

    Offender Strategy: Prevent
    and deter- Covering Letter

    Word
    874KB

    Guidance Paper 3 – Prevent
    and deter

    Word 842 KB

    Other Guidance

    Information Sharing Protocol
    developed for the Prolific and Other Priority Offender Strategy

    Word 716 KB

    Annex A – Public Sector Data Sharing – guidance on
    the law

    PDF 194Kb

    Annex B – Data Exchange: the legal implications
    Word 126Kb

    Annex C – Sharing Personal and Sensitive Personal
    Information in Respect of Children and Young People at Risk of Offending: a
    practicle guide issued by the Youth Justice Board and the Association of Chief
    Police Officers.

    Word 304Kb

    Case Studies

    Further case studies will be added here shortly.

    Previous Correspondence

    Prime
    Minister’s speech on crime reduction, 30 March 2004

    html file

    Letter from
    Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor, Attorney General and the Secretary
    of State for the Department for Education and Skills, (1 April 2004)
    introducing the strategy

    PDF 163KB
    Letter from
    Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor, Attorney General and the Secretary
    of State for the Department for Education and Skills, (1 April 2004)
    introducing the strategy

    Word 357KB

    Letter from
    Jane Furniss, Director – CJ Performance, (19 May 2004) outlining the
    transition to the new Strategy from the Persistent Offenders Scheme
    and the next steps on the Catch and Convict strand

    Word 48KB

    Further Developments

    Further guidance will be issued to support the
    Prevent & Deter and Rehabilitate & Resettle strands of the
    Strategy in the next few months, as well as more specific guidance
    addressing the role of individual groups and organisations. We will
    also be developing an e-community and full details will also follow
    shortly.

    Partnership Guidance for Criminal Justice
    Intervention Teams (CJITs) and PPO Schemes

    Criminal Justice Information
    Teams (CJITs) and PPO Scheme Guidance

    Word 129KB

    Annex A – CJIP High Intensity Areas
    Excel 28Kb

    Annex B – PPOs and CJIPs: Effective
    Partnerships

    Word 29Kb

    Questions

    If you have specific issues you wish to raise, or
    have any examples of good practice, then please contact Gregg Mead
    or mark Nicholas
    in the Implementation Team at Gregg.Mead@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
    /
    Mark.Nicholas@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

     

     

    Last update:  02 February 2005

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