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Police spokes man explains joint police and prison scheme to help reduce re-offending

Alert message sent 16/01/2020 16:02:00

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This week has seen the start of a new initiative which aims to enhance the partnership between Derbyshire Constabulary and the prison: HMP & YOI Sudbury.

From Monday, 13 January, as part of both organisation’s commitment to rehabilitating prisoners to a new path of life, the push bikes used by our Safer Neighbourhood teams in the south of the county, will be serviced by a prisoner with a City of Guilds Level 2 Qualification in bike mechanics.

Sergeant Matt Ladd (pictured here with Prison Officer Chris Booth), who is one of the Sergeants in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing in South Derbyshire, explained: “Through both organisations working closely on this pilot, we will be able to strengthen our partnership and work more efficiently and effectively on other matters such as absconding prisoners and assaults in the prison.”

Darren Poole, Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP/YOI Sudbury, said: This is one of a number of ways that we can work together as a partnership to support the community as a whole.

“This initiative will allow prisoners with the appropriate qualifications to utilise their skills, in order to help reintegrate them back towards purposeful employment.

“Employment is recognised as is one of the major factors in helping to reduce reoffending.”

The first five bikes were delivered to the prison this week and the pilot will be continual assessed.
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Paul Cannon (Media team, Staff, South Division)

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