Prolific and Other Priority Offenders

The government’s Prolific and Other Priority Offenders Strategy was launched in Greater Manchester in September 2004, with the overriding aim of targeting the most prolific, anti-social and harmful offenders in the conurbation. The programme is central to Be Safe partnership’s efforts to support and supervise offenders. Home Office modeling suggests there are about one million active offenders in the general population at any one time. Of these, around 100,000 will accumulate more than three convictions during their criminal careers and, although representing only 10% of active offenders, they commit at least 50% of all serious crime. In effect, the PPO Strategy represents the importance of prioritising offenders alongside that of prioritising neighbourhoods. There are three distinct strands to the strategy:

To prevent and deter – by reducing re-offending, reducing the number of young people who become involved in crime and providing support to those at high-risk of criminality.

To catch and convict – delivering robust and pro-active criminal justice processes to ensure effective investigation, charging and prosecution.

To rehabilitate and resettle – integrated case management of offenders, whether in custody or in the community, offering a range of supportive interventions to increase the number of offenders who stop offending.

Characteristics of PPOs

The government’s PPO Performance Management headline measures reports provide a wealth of core data about who PPOs are and what their circumstances are. The following points are all garnered from the monthly data November 2004 – July 2005, and relate to PPOs in Bolton as a whole.