Local MP in Scarborough sees work on the front line
23 Apr 2012
Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill, learned about life on the front line for probation officers, when he visited York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust, Scarborough office, on Friday 20 April 2012.
During the visit officers took the opportunity to brief Mr Goodwill about the daily work they undertake with offenders in the community, in order to change an offenderís behaviour to allow them to lead a crime free life.
As part of this, he heard how probation and police in Scarborough work together to target prolific offenders to break their cycle of crime. The Integrated Offender Management team works with offenders at high risk of reoffending, to support changes in offender behaviour and remove issues which influence offending. That support can range from assistance in finding accommodation, obtaining training and employment, right through to anger management and treatment for substance misuse. If offenders commit further crimes, they will be swiftly caught and brought to justice.
Without help to break the cycle of crime many offenders spend large parts of their lives revolving around the criminal justice system. Causing harm to themselves, their families and the communities they live in, as well as costing the taxpayer huge amounts of money.
Mr Goodwill also met the Community Payback team, along with representatives from Scarborough Borough Council. Community Payback is a punishment which requires offenders, sentenced by the courts to unpaid work, to repay the community for their crimes.
Over the last year an important partnership has been cemented with the Council. Across the district offenders are undertaking tasks such as planting bulbs, removing graffiti, to painting the railings on the seafront. This is work that might not otherwise be completed as many local authorities, including Scarborough, face stringent budget constraints.
Finally Mr Goodwill had the opportunity to meet an offender on life licence from Scarborough, who is supervised by the Trust.