Offenders

Offenders are brought to justice and are less likely to re-offend.

Tackling and investigating crime is a core policing role. Agencies involved in dealing with offenders also need to work together to prevent crime in the first place, and make people less likely to reoffend, so there are less victims in the future.

In order to ensure offenders are brought to justice whilst also supporting people from re-offending, the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan includes the following objectives:

Police enforcement disrupts offenders and deters would-be offenders.

Tackling and investigating crime so that offenders are brought to justice, while ensuring the best outcome for victims, is a core policing role. The Commissioner holds the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Constabulary. As Chair of the Criminal Justice Board and the Countywide Community Safety Strategic Board, the Commissioner is able to ensure a co-ordinated multi-agency response.

Offenders are brought to justice while ensuring the best outcomes for victims.

Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning restorative justice services from the grant they receive from the Ministry of Justice for Victims’ Services. Restorative Justice (RJ) is a process which empowers victims by letting them have their say and helping them to move on with their lives. It can also help offenders to recognise the impact of what they have done and make amends. The process is completely voluntary for both parties and is done at a time that is right for the victim. More details about how to access Restorative Justice in Cambridgeshire can be found here.

All agencies coming into contact with offenders ensure they address the causes of criminality.

The Commissioner recognises the need to put a foot in the so-called ‘revolving door’ of offending by intervening with targeted support to divert individuals away from criminal behaviour. The Commissioner chairs the Criminal Justice Board and the Countywide Community Safety Strategic Board to ensure a co-ordinated multi-agency response. A needs assessment highlighted the scale of complex needs to be addressed. Housing has been an early priority issue given the need to improve co-ordination between housing and criminal justice services. The Commissioner co-hosted an event to bring together practitioners across these areas in May 2018.

A new approach to conditional cautions, with conditions designed to tackle the root causes of early offending behaviour is now operating across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. For more details please visit this page.

A partnership approach will be taken that protects local communities from crime and manages the most complex offenders.

The Commissioner awards almost £1.2m of grants to organisations to contribute to crime and disorder reduction.

You can read more about the range of work undertaken to tackle crime and disorder issues here.