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not soft on crime!
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.
Have your say!
We have created a short survey so you can give us your feedback about the DIVERT scheme and how you think it can benefit communities across Cleveland.
We will have a stall at the following locations, so come along and let us know what you think about DIVERT:
- Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough
- Monday 3 December 11am-1pm
- Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool
- Thursday 6 December, 12pm-2pm
- Redcar High Street, Redcar
- Friday 14 December 2018, 11am-1pm
- Castlegate Shopping Centre, Stockton
- Friday 18th January 2018, 12pm-2pm
If you are unable to attend one of the above locations, please CLICK HERE to complete our short survey online.
Under Data Protection regulations, all information you provide in a survey is completely anonymous and will simply inform us about public opinion on the scheme. It will not be used for any other purpose.
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:
Phone: 07515573906 or 07595010933