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Innovative PCC schemes praised by national watchdog

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Middlesbrough's Heroin Assisted Treatment was one of the projects highlighted in the report

A national watchdog has praised two innovative schemes pioneered by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland.

In an inspection of the Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation hailed the Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) programme and the Divert scheme as innovative ways to tackle crime and addiction and prevent re-offending.

The HAT programme aims to turn round the lives of Middlesbrough’s most entrenched street heroin users and reduce the enormous cost to local residents, business and public services.

The pilot scheme has attracted national attention and is co-ordinated by Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and clinical lead Danny Ahmed. (see pic)

The Cleveland Divert programme is an adult deferred prosecution scheme which aims to keep low-level, first-time offenders out of the criminal justice system by supporting them and offering them the chance to tackle the key reasons behind their offending behaviour.

Both schemes are commissioned by The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland working in partnership with the DTVCRC. The organisation is the only not-for-profit consortium service of its kind in the country and supervises more than 3,600 low and medium-risk offenders across Durham and Teesside.

In this latest round of inspections, DTVCRC received a ‘good’ rating – achieving the highest score in the country.  The report highlights both schemes for their innovation and praises the quality and strength of the partnership working.

Mr Coppinger said: “The CRC staff and management deserve to be congratulated for this report which demonstrates the significant improvements made by the service in recent years.

“When the service was established, I worked with partners to ensure it became the first and only not-for-profit CRC provider in the country. It’s a great source of pride that our local CRC places social value and changing lives at the heart of its work, instead of financial gain.

“I’m pleased the report recognises the strong and effective partnership working we have in this area and the innovative approaches we have brought to tackling difficult challenges, such as heroin dependency, which have blighted our communities for so long.” 

More information about Heroin Assisted Treatment and the Divert scheme can be found on the PCC’s website.

A full link to the report is here: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprobation/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/04/Durham-Tees-Valley-CRC-Report.pdf


Posted on Thursday 2nd April 2020
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