Statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland following the announcement of changes to the probation service:
Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, said: “I welcome news that the government has decided to bring offender management back under the supervision of the National Probation Service.
“I made it clear from its inception that the Transforming Rehabilitation programme was flawed and I reflected this in my joint submission to the government consultation on this matter, along with Durham OPCVC Ron Hogg.
“I’m pleased that the government has recognised that their decision to privatise the probation service was ill-informed and has resulted in the quality of probation services falling well short of what is needed, despite the effort of staff working within the service.
“It has long been my opinion that Police and Crime Commissioners should be more involved in local decision-making for probation services in order to fulfil our responsibilities to scrutinise and improve the criminal justice system. I will continue to raise this point with the government in the years to come.
“Finally, it’s important to acknowledge that for the past three years front-line staff across local probation services have endeavoured to rehabilitate offenders and prevent further victimisation, despite the constant changes facing their organisations. I have no doubt they will continue to display such dedication as these new changes are implemented.”
Posted on Thursday 16th May 2019