Our vision is to reduce reoffending by providing effective and efficient probation services which meet local needs.
York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust is a criminal justice agency, responsible for protecting the public in York and North Yorkshire by punishing and rehabilitating offenders. Across the county we are working to reduce crime and to help build safer communities.
We are one of 35 probation trusts in England and Wales that makes up the full range of effective probation services. The Ministry of Justice has an overall responsibility for the probation services and is also responsible for courts, prisons and constitutional affairs.
Our aims are:
- protecting the public
- reducing reoffending
- the proper punishment of offenders in the community
- ensuring offenders are awareness of the effects of crime on their victim and the public
- rehabilitation of offenders
As a critical player in the Criminal Justice System we work alongside other criminal justice agencies to achieve our aims: North Yorkshire Police, Prison Service, the Courts, Crown Prosecution Service, and many other partner agencies throughout York and North Yorkshire.
The Probation Service has become the first ever public sector organisation to be awarded the British Quality Foundation’s Gold Medal for Excellence.
Probation and Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt received the award on behalf of the Probation Service at a ceremony attended by Princess Anne on Thursday evening (Oct 13).
The BQF Gold Medal for Excellence is awarded every year to an organisation which stands out as an example of excellence to others and demonstrates continued commitment to sustained improvement over a number of years.
This year five probation trusts – Humberside, Devon & Cornwall, Leicestershire and Rutland, Merseyside and Surrey & Sussex – have received the top 5 star awards in the BQF excellence scheme.
Crispin Blunt, Prisons and Probation Minister, said:
“This prestigious award recognises the professionalism of probation staff and the excellence of their work. This very public recognition of not just what they do but, perhaps more importantly, how well they do it, will be a source of pride for probation staff.”
Michael Spurr, Chief Executive Officer of NOMS said:
“Probation should be really proud to have received such a prestigious award which is recognition of excellent work by staff.”
Colin Allars, NOMS director of Probation and Contracted Services, who attended the ceremony with the chief executives of the five star trusts and Kate Knight, Probation Champion of the Year 2011, said:
“This award is for everyone who works in the probation service. Across all grades and roles, probation staff can be counted on for their passion, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence.”
Previous winners include Ricoh UK Products, Siemens UK and TNT Express.