Police and Crime Commissioners – from Gloucestershire, Martin Surl, Wiltshire and Swindon’s Angus Macpherson, Devon and Cornwall’s Alison Hernandez, Dorset’s Martyn Underhill and Sue Mountstevens from Avon and Somerset – met criminal justice, health and voluntary workers for the first time to discuss how to stop re-offending.

The new South West Regional Reducing Reoffending Board meeting for the first time in Bridgwater on March 1 followed discussions with the Justice Secretary last year about reducing reoffending and changes to the Probation Service.

The board discussed a Regional strategy, an update from the Ministry of Justice and its relationship with the board, voluntary sector, a future south west event, and Community Rehabilitation Company provision in the south west.

Zoe Short, RESOLVE’s reducing reoffending senior responsible officer, said: “We are all working towards a shared goal; reduce the number of victims by reducing the levels of at which people re-offend in our region.
“The new South West Regional Reducing Reoffending Board brings key agencies working together to create innovative and collaborative solutions to tackle the complex problem and break the cycle of crime.”

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