Commissioner co-hosts BeNCH-area conference
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, co-hosted a conference on Friday (July 24th) aimed at reducing offending and reoffending across four neighbouring counties.

The summit was attended by more than 100 professionals from across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire who manage offenders or work to reduce offending. Commissioner Lloyd, alongside the PCCs from the three other counties, hosted the event in Huntingdon, Cambs, with the aim of sharing best practice and further improving partnership working.PCC David Lloyd

The four counties are covered by the single Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), BeNCH, which was created in the Ministry of Justice’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme. The CRC is responsible for supervising low to medium risk offenders in the area, including many offenders that would not have received supervision under the previous probation system.

Commissioner Lloyd, who addressed delegates at the end of the day, said afterwards: “It is vital that best practice is shared and strong working relationships are built between partner organisations that have involvement in managing offenders so that we can help divert them away from a life of crime. Success in this area means fewer crimes in the future and therefore fewer victims. All four PCCs are keen to exploit this opportunity created by the formation of the new CRCs and this conference is a step in that direction.”

Neil Moloney, CEO of BeNCH CRC, said “Prisoners who serve short sentences have often been vulnerable to reoffending.  Following a change in legislation we are now working hard to support this group to ensure crime reduces even further in our local communities.”

During the day, delegates discussed how to coordinate activity between partners in dealing with repeat offenders and their families, the role of Restorative Justice in the rehabilitation process and how individuals are managed and supported on release from prison.

Conference delegates shared good practice and plans to further improve the work carried out through the multi-agency Integrated Offender Management schemes. These schemes aim to tackle high volume crimes, such as shop lifting and burglaries.