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Howard and Byrne Solicitors, York - Criminal Defence Specialists

'Solid' Performance by York and North Yorkshire Probation Service

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12:58pm 15th July 2013

York And North Yorkshire Probation Trust have once again delivered a solid performance during 2012-13, according to the Trust’s annual report published today.  The annual report identifies how the Probation Trust performed last year against national targets and local priorities, with the aim of reducing reoffending and protecting the public.

Throughout the year performance against contract targets was consistently good.  The Trust was subject to the Offender Management (OMI2) inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and achieved some good results.  Overall the outcome was a positive one with the Chief Inspector of Probation commenting “overall, we consider this an encouraging set of findings”.

The Trust also continued its journey towards being fully accredited as an excellent organisation, achieving the Customer Service Excellence award and the prestigious North of England Excellence for the best Public Sector Organisation with fewer than 250 people.  The partnership between Scarborough Borough Council and the Trust’s Scarborough Community Payback unit was also successful at the Yorkshire & Humberside Local Government awards.

Like the public sector in general,  the Trust continued to pursue budget stringencies and once again achieved a balanced budget during 2012-13.  That the Trust consistently achieved this is a tribute to the Trust’s resilient, committed staff and high quality corporate support systems.

The Trust’s key achievements included:

2,087 Community Orders, supervised by the Trust, were started during the year.  A further 404 offenders started supervision on licence, on initial release from prison.

295 of those Community Orders required the offender to complete an accredited programme - designed to tackle the way in which offenders think and behave.

64 Drug Rehabilitation Requirements and 25 Alcohol Treatment Requirements were successfully completed by offenders during the year.

51 offenders completed a Domestic Violence programme and a further 105 offenders completed a general Offender Behaviour Programme; ultimately helping to reduce reoffending and make communities safer.

2,264 Pre-Sentence Reports were produced for courts to assist them with their sentencing decisions.  Of these 99.4% were on time.

95.6% of victims of serious sexual or violent offenders (sent to custody for one year or more), were contacted by our staff within eight weeks of the sentence date.

315 offenders completed a Community Payback (Unpaid Work) Requirement during the year and performed 116,708 hours of Community Payback on projects that might not otherwise be completed.  Community Payback - previously known as community service and community punishment also celebrated it’s 40th year anniversary in this year.

Pete Brown, Chief Executive, York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust said:  “2012/13 was a year of continued commendable performance, together with some significant organisational successes - achieved against a background of imminent transformational change to the structure of the probation service and the delivery of community sentences.

“There is will no doubt of the major change programme facing the Trust in the coming year but it is important to recognise, notwithstanding this, that the Trust has a key role in continuing to reduce reoffending and protect our local communities against crime.”

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