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What is Cleveland Divert?
Cleveland DIVERT offers an alternative way to engage with first time and low-level offenders, instead of sending them to court and prosecuting them.
A person on the scheme is expected to engage in support helping to address the issues in their lives that led to criminal behaviour. These issues – also known as pathways - may include mental health, substance misuse, education or housing problems.
They may also be asked to do something that may repay the community for the harm they caused. This may be voluntary or reparative work, or Restorative Justice directly or indirectly for the victim, if they request it.
If they do not complete the programme – they may go to court and to face prosecution.
How will DIVERT help?
Recent research shows that prosecuting first time and low level offenders and does not deter them from re-offending in the future.
Cleveland has high levels of re-offending and it is essential that we work quickly to support offenders at the earliest opportunity to turn their lives around, in order to reduce further victimisation.
Victims are at the heart of the process
Restorative Justice and victim awareness is an essential part of DIVERT, which ensures the victim is at the very heart of the process and gives the victim the opportunity to have their voice heard.
Reducing re-offending creates safer communities
By reducing the risk of individuals becoming entrenched in the cycle of offending, DIVERT will minimise the impact of future offending on victims and communities. This will enhance public confidence in policing and build more cohesive and
The scheme will help to reduce the demand on policing
Policing in Cleveland is under increasing pressure with fewer resources to deal with it. As DIVERT is a multiagency partnership, it requires fewer operational police resources, freeing up officers to deliver frontline policing.
The scheme is led by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and delivered by Cleveland Police and Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company. A small team has been established to work on establishing and implementing the scheme.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the DIVERT Team on: