PCC Barry Coppinger with volunteers and Council Leaders at the launch of the Restore Project.
A FORMER criminal came face to face with Cleveland Police and Hartlepool Council bosses on 7 November to launch a new project in Hartlepool to enable the victims of crime and their perpetrators to move on and have a brighter future.
Fifty-one year old Peter Woolf has spent more than half of his adult life in prison following a catalogue of offences but the reformed heroin addict from London has turned his life around after embracing restorative justice.
His visit to Hartlepool coincided with the launch of the town’s Restore Project, under the Safer Hartlepool Partnership banner, which aims to bring the victims of crime and those who harmed them together to help them to move on with their lives.
As part of the project in Hartlepool, twelve local people have been trained as volunteers to work with victims of crime and offenders. They are Tara Davison, Adelle Sutheran, Stephen Oliver, Laura Brown, Peter McCormack, Barry Nicholson, Pauline Hogarth, Rosie Dawkins, Bethany Grimwood, Sarah Lewis, Ashleigh Kay and Nigel Anderson
Speaking at the launch, Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council and chair of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said: “Overall, the Safer Hartlepool Partnership is doing a good job to help people stay safe in Hartlepool and I welcome this new initiative.
“I would like to say a big thank you to the volunteers who are going to give up their time to work with victims of crime and offenders to make our town a safer and better place.”
Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner with Cleveland Police, added: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has played their part to get this project up and running.
“It provides an excellent opportunity to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and conflict in our communities and I welcome the project wholeheartedly.
Restorative justice is part and parcel of policing in the Cleveland area.”
Research shows that restorative justice reduces re-offending by up to a half. For further details of the Restore Project in Hartlepool, call Sally Forth on 01642 302589.
Posted on Tuesday 12th November 2013