What is Integrated Offender Management (IOM)?
Bedfordshire IOM works with the worst re-offenders to address
the root causes of their criminal behaviour and help them make life
changes that will break their cycle of re-offending.
The countywide team, with bases in Luton and Bedford, are
resourced by professionals from public, private and voluntary
services. Bedfordshire IOM supports re-offenders in the areas
that influence the likelihood of re-offending such as housing,
employment, training, drugs, alcohol, mental health and family
counselling. Work to rehabilitate offenders is supported by close
monitoring to ensure that offenders who re-offend are swiftly
caught and convicted.
Bedfordshire IOM is delivered through three programmes based on
offender profile. All offenders are managed through risk assessment
to ensure an appropriate balance between rehabilitation and
- Prolific and Other Priority Offenders (PPO) – Offenders who
predominantly commit serious acquisitive crime e.g. car theft,
- Prolific and Other Priority Offenders Intensive (PI) –
Intensive community order package for prolific non-violent serious
acquisitive crime offenders who are ready to change their lives and
admit their full criminal history. Likely to involve 20 offenders
- High Volume Offender (HVO) – Other prolific offenders most at
risk of offending.
Bedfordshire IOM does not manage registered sex offenders,
serious violent and other types of sexual offenders. These
offenders are managed under the existing Multi-Agency Public
Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). Bedfordshire IOM will work with
MAPPA teams where linkages occur.
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Who is involved with Integrated Offender Management (IOM)?
The key partners in Bedfordshire Integrated Offender Management
- Bedford Borough Council
- Bedfordshire Police
- Bedfordshire Probation Trust
- Bedfordshire Youth Offending Team
- Central Bedfordshire Council
- Community Resettlement Support Project
- Crown Prosecution Service
- Drugs Intervention Programme (DIP)
- Her Majesty’s Court Service
- HMP Bedford, Job Centre Plus
- Langley House Trust
- NHS Bedfordshire
- NHS Luton
- Luton Borough Council
- Luton Youth Offending Team
- Supporting Others through Volunteer Action
Partnership work to develop and deliver Bedfordshire Integrated
Offender Management is led and monitored by:
- Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton’s
Community Safety Partnerships
- Bedfordshire Criminal Justice
- Bedfordshire Chief Executives Forum
Prolific and other Priority Offenders Intensive
This new programme puts non-violent offenders who commit large
numbers of burglaries and vehicle crime through an intensive
schedule of rehabilitation and punishment to tackle the root causes
of their offending.
Called PI, short for Prolific and Other Priority Offenders
Intensive, the programme targets serial criminals who would
otherwise face a prison sentence. Potential PI offenders are
identified by Bedfordshire Police and Probation Trust.
However, all final decisions about sentencing and selection on the
programme remain the responsibility of Crown Court Judges.
Offenders must admit all their previous crimes and demonstrate a
genuine desire to stop offending. If they commit a crime
while on PI - or fail to complete it - they will be sent back to
court and sentenced for all the crimes they have confessed to.
While on PI, offenders will be subject to strict supervision and
monitoring while they undergo extensive rehabilitation such as drug
and alcohol treatment and support in gaining employment.
Similar approaches to PI have seen excellent results in other
areas of the country. For example, in Hertfordshire, an
independent cost/benefit analysis of their Choices and Consequences
(C2) programme revealed savings of up to eight times the
investment. Based on an average offending rate of 112 crimes
per year, the costs to society of one prolific offender committing
crime per year is £178,640, the costs of imprisoning an adult for a
year is around £45,000 while the C2 scheme costs around £3,000 per
offender per year. More importantly the programme has been
demonstrated to reduce the numbers of victims for burglaries and
other serious acquisitive offences over the long-term.
PI is one of three strands of the recently launched Bedfordshire
Integrated Offender Management approach, which works with offenders
to look at why they commit crime and help them make changes to lead
a crime-free life.
Linda Hennigan, Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Probation Trust
and Chair of Bedfordshire Integrated Offender Management said, “The
public needs a long-term solution to the reduction of crime rather
than the vicious cycle of offending, prison, reoffending. PI
is a demanding programme that challenges offenders to make
difficult lifestyle changes with swift and tough retribution if
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