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Agencies’ package stops a 24-year offending habit

Posted: 27th April 2015 by Essex CRC.
Diminishing Prison Doors
Diminishing Prison Doors

A nervous breakdown, loss of family and marriage, loss of his business, then amphetamine use and committing crime to sustain a serious multi-drug habit could be said to sum up David’s last twenty-four years. In and out of prison for thefts of anything from top-of-the-range cars to pedal cycles, and living rough, associating with other drug-takers, he had virtually given up on himself.

Where to start? Fiona Bearman, Offender Manager in our CRC, came close to taking him on 18 months ago when she proposed a community order to the court, which would include a stint at our intensive project, The Bridge. A decision was made that he had to go to prison, however. He did six months. When he appeared in court again this year for yet more offences, the original proposal was accepted.

David has already completed his attendance at The Bridge, where he got help with a range of skills including computer work. He attends Open Road for help with his drugs problem. He is part of the IOM scheme[1] – where police and probation work closely, with other agencies, on prolific offenders. He has a support worker provided through the Department of Work and Pensions. And his CRC Offender Manager, Fiona, who set most of this up, works with him regularly.

Quite a package. And it’s paying off. After 24 years, he has cut down drastically on his drug use – and is aiming for zero. He is properly claiming benefits – for the first time ever. The IOM police officer has taken him along to the meetings he needs to attend, and has helped him get hold of his birth certificate. With some form of identification, he is now able to access what he needs. He is on the list for proper accommodation, now he has a steady, if small, income. He is becoming reconciled with his lost family. He is not offending.

“David had forgotten how to live normally in the community,” says Liz Ponder, of The Bridge. “He’s done well with us, and is continuing to make good progress.”

“David has been doing really well so far,” says DC Steve Lee from British Transport Police, who have recently joined their other police colleagues to become part of the IOM scheme nationally. “It’s good to see him taking the opportunities on offer, which can do so much to prevent further criminality.”

“We’re pleased to be part of the IOM initiative,” says DS Saeid Rasool. “Police involvement in sharing information, sharing the work with colleagues from other agencies, and gaining the trust and confidence of the ex-offender, has to be the way forward with this hard-to-reach group.”

“I’ve never had so much help,” says David, who gets pretty choked up when thinking of all the positives. “And in The Bridge, and wherever I go, I’ve been speaking to and dealing with ‘normal’ people, who make me believe I can do everything I need to.”