Police initiative that aims to stop reoffending has new face in charge

Police initiative that aims to stop reoffending has new face in charge

by Danielle Thompson (June 2020)

LANCASHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the new Independent Chairperson to tackle reoffending.

The new Independent Chair of boards, which look at ways to reduce reoffending in the county, is Paul Withers, formerly a detective at Lancashire Constabulary.

He came into the post in April, following inaugural chair Jerry Graham who was in place for two years.

He will oversee four local boards, which cover the North, East, South and West of the county and play a key role in helping tackle reoffending and addressing its causes.

They also assist the Commissioner in the distribution of his dedicated fund, to projects which tackle crime and reoffending across Lancashire, making sure it is used in a way which best addresses the local issues and priorities in their communities.

This builds on the work that has already been done by the boards, which include representatives from statutory and voluntary partners from across Lancashire.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul into his role as Independent Chair, he brings with him an enormous amount of experience from his time within Lancashire Constabulary, which has helped him hit the ground running, even during this unprecedented time.

Paul Withers, Independent Chair of the Local Reducing Reoffending Boards said:

“I’m really pleased to take on this important role and it has been great to get started, making a difference across Lancashire and working with other board members to ensure that the work we do links in with the Commissioner’s priorities

“Breaking the cycle of offending is not an easy task and requires a highly coordinated approach, which is why the boards are well placed to identify local issues and bring organisations together.”

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