Police know that the vast majority of burglaries in a community are carried out by a small number of prolific offenders. To combat this Humberside Police work with partners to try and ensure they don’t re-offend through various measures and interventions.
Integrated Offender Management (IOM) is one such measure which brings together organisations from the public, private and voluntary/community sector including the police and probation service to tackle prolific offenders through intensive programmes combining rehabilitation and enforcement.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Cockerill: “Many prolific offenders have a number of issues such as substance abuse, lack of accommodation or being unemployed. IOM brings together various partners across the criminal justice system and the community voluntary sector to tackle these problems, with each contributing their individual expertise and it does make a big difference.
“It is easy to sit in judgement, but the reasons why people engage in a life of crime that they struggle to escape from are many and varied. By dealing with and tackling underlying root causes is proven to be the most effective means of reducing reoffending. This is combined with a robust police response to catch and convict those that choose not to engage.”
The Police Officers and partners work with offenders at high risk of re-offending 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.
In December 2012, the force started a pilot scheme across the Humberside area to track some of the most prolific offenders. With Buddi Trackers being fitted to offenders which enables police to pinpoint the location of offenders at all times. The pilot helped cut the numbers of crimes committed by known offenders.
Currently the force has 40 tags and up to the end of June 2016 over 200 offenders had been tagged. The offenders involved in the scheme all voluntarily agreed to be tagged in order to deter them from offending or prove they were not involved in criminal activity.
It resulted in most of the wearers not offending, with wears admitting the tag had been a strong deterrent as they realised that they would be questioned about their reasons for being in certain locations.
DI Cockerill added: “A large proportion of prolific offenders who voluntarily engage in being fitted with the Buddi tags find it helps remove the temptation to re-offend and allows them to turn their lives around for the better. While those who go onto re-offend like Nicholas Broadley are quickly identified and brought to justice.
“To date these tags have been an efficient and effective tool in the management of some of the forces by most prolific offenders. They are now an integral part of IOM and can only be viewed as a positive tool in protecting communities.”
Whilst a small dedicated group of officers manage the highest risk, most prolific offenders through IOM they are supported by officers from the Communities and Operations Command who are tasked to visit these individuals during their shifts to ensure they are not offending. These Operations and Communities officers also take on the responsibility for managing a second tier, slightly less prolific group of offenders through IOM in conjunction with partners.
The wider public have a role play too by calling Humberside Police if they see people acting suspiciously in their community, if there is a burglary in progress or if they have details about those involved in criminality and can do this using 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.