GPS Pathfinder Cornwall Engagement Event
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Devon & Cornwall Police are looking to introduce a deferred charge scheme (GPS Pathfinder) in April 2017 and would like to engage with key partners and stakeholders prior to implementation. This event will provide information about the effectiveness of deferred charge and diversion schemes setting out why such schemes can deliver potential savings across the criminal justice, health and social care system and extend an opportuntity for your organisation to become involved.
GPS Pathfinder is a programme which aims to reduce the number of victims of crime by reducing reoffending, which will also make all our communities safer places to live and work. GPS Pathfinder is a culture changing initiative, it seeks to tackle the root causation of offending and associated health and community related issues.
People are often motivated to commit crime due to underlying issues in their lives – these could include drug or alcohol misuse, mental and physical health issues, housing or homelessness, or problems to do with money or relationships.
GPS Pathfinder offers eligible offenders identified in custody suites, the opportunity to engage in a 4-month long contract as an alternative to prosecution. The contract is based on an in depth assessment and offers interventions to address the underlying reasons why they committed the crime to prevent them from doing it again to somebody else.
If the contract is successfully completed and the participant does not reoffend then no further action will be taken against them. If they reoffend or fail to complete the contract they will be prosecuted and the courts will be informed of the circumstances of their failure to complete the contract.
It is intended that GPS Pathfinder is a multi-agency program which will improve awareness of and access to health and community based services for all persons presenting at Police Custody with an overall aim of improving public health, life chances, and individual and community wellbeing. It will also signpost to services which offer practical support.
GPS Pathfinder will be independently evaluated by Cambridge Centre for Evidence Based Policing. A similar Scheme operates in Durham where there is clear evidence of its effectiveness in reducing reoffending. To date a total of 531 clients have participated. 480 (90.04%) completed the 4 month programme while 51 (9.6%) failed. Of all those who participated only 19 (3.6%) were re-arrested 2 months after completion. Although in Durham 70% of intevrentions are delivered by keyworkers, the effectiveness of the scheme depends on close working partnerships with providers delivering services acorss the pathways.
9.30-10.00 Arrival and refreshments
10.00: Welcome and Purpose of event - (John Vellacott)
10.15: Early Intervention (Supt Phil Kennedy)
10.45: Refreshment Break
11.00-11.45: GPS Pathfinder and learning from Checkpoint (Durham)- (Insp Paul Searle)
12.00: Small table exercise – consultation and mapping
12:45 Summary and Close - (John Vellacott)
13.00 Lunch and networking
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
PARKING IS AVAILABLE