Re-offending rate fall is welcomed by Police Commissioner

Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is encouraged by a drop in re-offending rates in the North East

Police Commissioner Vera Baird,

Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a drop in adult re-offending rates in the region.

Government figures released yesterday show an adult re-offending rate of just over 13.5% for Northumbria, compared to a predicted rate of 14.7%.

The figures show falls in re-offending rates in every local authority in the force area.

At a regional level, the North East was one of five areas in the country to have re-offending rates which were consistently lower than predicted over the four most recent periods.

The figures suggest a turnaround since last year when figures from the Ministry of Justice showed that Newcastle and North Tyneside had some of the highest re-offending rates in the country. More than one in four offenders from the North East at that time went straight back to crime and committed 26,000 offences.

Last night Northumbria PCC Vera Baird said: “These figures are encouraging and show a lower than predicted rate of re-offending.”

Schemes backed by Ms Baird through her Community Safety Fund include funding for schemes in Newcastle and North Tyneside delivered by Northumbria Probation Trust to change the behaviour of prolific offenders through improved access to work, training and education.

Ms Baird added: “Reducing crime is one of my key priorities and cutting the number of repeat offenders is critical.

“Offenders can get into a cycle of crime and it’s vital police and partners work to change this offending behaviour. I’m working to bring Community Safety Partnerships closer together to cut and prevent crime in the first place, wherever it happens, as we know that criminals don’t respect borders.

“We’re also looking at supporting the adults of the future by helping fund Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) on a range of initiatives and diversionary activities to try and stop young people from becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Nick Hall, chief executive of Northumbria Probation Trust, said: “Protecting the public and reducing reoffending are our first priorities. We have a long history of providing first-rate probation services in Northumbria and we continue to build on these high standards.

“The issues contributing to offending are often complex. By working closely together we can tackle the root causes which lead to offending and provide people with the right opportunity and support in turning away from crime.”

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