|All aspects of probation work are geared towards protecting the public. A central part of this is the role of the public protection unit, a unit that is committed to stopping known dangerous offenders from committing further harm to victims.|
The unit is funded, staffed and managed by the probation service and police. The unit also works closely with other agencies, such as housing, mental health and social services, to make sure that dangerous offenders in South Yorkshire are identified, assessed and monitored accurately.
Measures may include full police surveillance or monitoring by other agencies, such as those stated above. Central to this process is the sharing of intelligence between agencies
A key aspect of the unit’s work is the establishment of multi-agency public protection panels, which involve agencies coming together to discuss and make arrangements to manage the highest risk offenders in the community.
Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Order
A community punishment and rehabilitation order is a demanding community sentence. It requires an offender to complete worthwhile unpaid work so that they pay something back to their community. It also requires them to work under the supervision of the probation service to make a significant effort to stop further offending.
The purpose of the order is to:
Provide a rigorous and effective punishment
Reduce the likelihood of re-offending
Rehabilitate the offender
Make reparation to the community
Confront them with the effect their offending has upon their victims
Who is it suitable for?
The order can be used when the offence is serious enough to warrant a community-based sentence but not so serious that only a custodial sentence will suffice. The offender will have developed a pattern of offending behaviour and/or committed offences that have caused serious harm to others, such as offences involving domestic abuse.
What does it involve?
Offenders are offered a minimum of five hours work each week and attendance is rigorously enforced. Most will be working in groups on projects that provide direct benefit to the community. Beneficiaries include schools, churches, local projects and charitable organisations. The placements must occupy offenders fully and be “physically, emotionally and mentally demanding”.