Information Sharing Across County Durham
Research has shown close ties between prisoners and key family members can significantly reduce the risk of reoffending – which costs society £15billion every year.
In a landmark review published today Lord Farmer has identified family as the “golden thread” running through the reforms across the prison estate.
In September 2016 Lord Farmer, in partnership with the membership charity Clinks, was commissioned by the Government to investigate how connecting prisoners with their families can improve offender wellbeing, assist in keeping the public safe and reduce reoffending.
Lord Farmer said:
“My report is not sentimental about prisoners’ families, as if they can, simply by their presence, alchemise a disposition to commit crime into one that is law abiding.
“However, I do want to hammer home a very simple principle of reform that needs to be a golden thread running through the prison system and the agencies that surround it. That principle is that relationships are fundamentally important if people are to change.”
The Ministry of Justice has already started developing a strategy which will take forward recommendations from the review.
Progress is being made on a number of the recommendations, including giving governors the budget and flexibility to spend their resources appropriately in order to help prisoners keep important family ties.
Alongside this the Government has started piloting significant relationship performance measures which will provide crucial guidance to deliver more consistent services in areas such as visitations across the entire prisons estate.
The recommendations have been welcomed by Justice Secretary David Lidington who has set out his commitment to creating calm and ordered prison environments to deliver more effective rehabilitation.
Speaking today, he echoed Lord Farmer’s view that family relationships are essential to reducing reoffending.
Justice Secretary David Lidington said:
“Families can play a significant role in supporting an offender and I am grateful to Lord Farmer for his dedication and research on this important issue.
“We are committed to transforming prisons into places of safety and reform and we recognise the need to provide those in our care with stable environments, and opportunities to change their behaviour.
“There are numerous examples of good practice in this area, and we will continue work on a strategy to best support offender needs. That has to start with the numbers of prison officers available to support offenders which is why we are increasing staffing number by 2,500.”
Lord Farmer’s review reflects on progress that has been made in this area over recent years, with many prisons already having defined programmes which puts family relationships at the centre.
Innovative schemes and partnerships with local organisations are also vital vehicles for preparing men for release, and there are already proven partnerships in this area such as Storybook Dads, who help fathers keep in contact with their children, and Partners of Prisoners, who work with prisons to deliver more welcoming visitor environments.
Clinks CEO & Deputy Chair of the Farmer Review, Anne Fox said:
“The Farmer Review listened to over 1,000 men in prison and their families, voluntary organisations across the UK, prison staff and academics.
“The review concludes that quality family services will help people turn away from crime and it will support families to cope. Voluntary organisations have pioneered best practice for decades and now is the time to spread it far and wide.”
The Government has secured an additional £100 million a year investment for an extra 2,500 prison officers. With the increasing numbers of prison officers there will be more time available to directly supervise offenders, provide one-to-one support and increase the number of visits.
This, alongside the creation of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, will put offender management at the centre of our reform agenda and create a necessary cultural change, bringing with it stability and security - and ultimately reducing the risk of reoffending.
Please find below the link to the newest edition of the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner’s Magazine for your information. We would be most grateful if you would circulate to your colleagues and networks on behalf of Ron Hogg.
New Advocacy Service **Current**
Advocacy Centre North (part of Newcastle CVS) has just launched an exciting new service to provide a voice for vulnerable people. The new Partners for Justice Advocacy service which is funded for a year by the Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, will provide support for victims of crime experiencing mental ill-health across County Durham and Darlington and will support and guide victims through the criminal justice system.
Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner (PCVC) is committed to putting services in place that assist and enable people to cope and recover from the impact of the crime, to help them regain control of their lives.
Ron said: “Being a victim of crime can impact on many aspects of an individual’s life. While the level of impact will vary depending on the type of crime and an individual’s personal circumstances, victims of crime with mental health needs are deemed to be significantly more likely to report adverse effects than the general population or people with other types of disability.
“That’s why I am delighted to appoint Advocacy Centre North to provide this specialised service across County Durham and Darlington.”
The new service is not intended to replace existing services, but will enhance support to those with mental health needs.
Jacqui Jobson, Director of Advocacy Centre North, said: “Advocacy Centre North is delighted to be part of this service in County Durham and Darlington. We welcome the pioneering approach by Ron and his team and their willingness to work with vulnerable victims of crime. We support vulnerable people each day to help them have a voice, access services and know their rights.
“Recent work has shown that victims of crime with mental health needs are particularly disadvantaged within both society and the criminal justice system. Our service aims to help them understand the situation they face, weigh up their choices, make decisions, have their voices heard and overcome stigma.”
Information about Advocacy Centre North and how to make a referral to the new services is available at: www.advocacycentrenorth.org.uk
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|With the upcoming “Wedding Season”, and for those individuals who are considering making plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of fraud involved. |
According to ‘bridesmagazine.co.uk’, in 2017 the average wedding cost spend is approximately £30,111. This will be paid out to multiple vendors, including; photographers, caterers, reception venues and travel companies, to name a few. Many of these services will require booking at least several months in advance and you may be obliged to pay a deposit or even the full balance at the time.
Being aware of the potential risks and following the below prevention advice could minimise the likelihood of fraud:
Paying by Credit Card will provide you with protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, for purchases above £100 and below £30,000. This means that even if a Company goes into liquidation before your big day, you could claim a refund through your Credit Card Company.
Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.
One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.
The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.
It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.
Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.
DBS News March Issue **Current**
Please take a look at our March issue of DBS News.
We have included a mixture of news and updates to interest our wide range of stakeholders.
This issue of the newsletter includes:
Minister's visit to DBS Barring
Police Liaison Customer Satisfaction
Law Abiding Citizen Alert **Current**
Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised.
The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below:
“Hi, [name]! I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me. For instance, your address is: [real home address] I am a law-abiding citizen, so I decided to personal data may have been hacked. I attached the file – [surname].dot that I received, that you could explore what info has become obtainable for scammers. File password is – 2811 Best Wishes,”
The emails include an attachment – a ‘.dot’ file usually titled with the recipient’s name.Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised. The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below: “Hi, [name]! I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me. For instance, your address is: [real home address] I am a law-abiding citizen, so I decided to personal data may have been hacked. I attached the file – [surname].dot that I received, that you could explore what info has become obtainable for scammers. File password is – 2811 Best Wishes,” The emails include an attachment – a ‘.dot’ file usually titled with the recipient’s name.
This attachment is thought to contain the Banking Trojan Ursniff/Gozi, hidden within an image in the document. The Ursniff Banking Trojan attempts to obtain sensitive data from victims, such as banking credentials and passwords. The data is subsequently used by criminals for monetary gain.
Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected. Please consider the following actions: Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages: Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication (you can find out how by searching the internet for relevant advice for your email provider). Do not enable macros in downloads; enabling macros will allow Trojan/malware to be installed onto your device. Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities. Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It is important that the device you back up to is not connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well. If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected. Please consider the following actions: Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages: Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication (you can find out how by searching the internet for relevant advice for your email provider). Do not enable macros in downloads; enabling macros will allow Trojan/malware to be installed onto your device. Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities. Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It is important that the device you back up to is not connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well. If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.
If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Dont Fall Victim to a Loan Shark - Report Them Now!**Current*
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are urging residents in Co Durham to come forward and report a loan shark if they or someone they know (a colleague, family member or friend) has been a victim.
A loan shark is someone who lends money illegally without the correct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Loan sharks normally appear friendly at first, but this behaviour soon changes once monies are owed.
It’s easy to fall in to the grips of a loan shark, they seem like friendly people at first, someone who you might refer to as a ‘mate’ or a ‘close colleague’. If you are struggling to pay a bill, or need a bit of extra cash to fix a broken appliance, they are the first to cover your back and offer you a quick cash loan. The truth is that once you take out this cash loan, you may end up paying back significantly more than you think. You will left in the dark, not knowing much how much money you owe or the amount of interest you’re being charged on that particular loan as often no paperwork is given.
Mike was only 17 when he first got involved with a loan shark. He borrowed £250 from Peter to purchase his first car, and made an agreement to pay Peter back in instalments until the loan was repaid. It was only after Mike made a few payments that Peter mentioned additional interest. Mike wasn’t expecting the extra charges and found it difficult to repay Peter, so Peter offered him a further loan to pay off the first.
This became a cycle and continued over the next two decades, which Mike described as ‘sheer hell’. He was trapped by Peter in a never ending spiral of debt, and struggled to support his family, despite working two jobs. Mike would attempt to make large repayments but his outstanding balance would never drop below £9000. Mike is a prime example of how loan sharks can have a hugely detrimental impact on the lives of victims, causing them untold misery. Over the years, Mike paid a staggering £90,000 to the loan shark, all from an initial loan of £250.
“Being involved with a loan shark affected my relationship with my wife and kids. We were left with nothing after paying back Peter. Every Friday and Saturday he was sat outside my work, demanding repayments. If I finished work later than usual, the loan shark would text me saying ‘It’s payday, where are you?’ The whole experience was a living nightmare.”
– Mike, A loan shark victim supported by the England Illegal Money Lending Team.
We know it can sometimes be scary to ask for help, but if you call the England Illegal Money Lending Team’s hotline on 0300 555 2222, you can speak to a member of the team anonymously or in confidence. They are there to help, not judge, and will let you know what your options are so you can decide what to do.
In some cases, loan sharks have been known to resort to the most extreme methods to enforce repayment from borrowers. This has involved victims being subject to intimidation, threats and violence, leaving many frightened to leave their own home.
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) can help people who have been a victim of a loan shark. The national team are a law enforcement agency who work with local Trading Standards authorities across the country to investigate and prosecute illegal money lending and related offences. The team have previously prosecuted loan sharks for other forms of criminality, including drug offences, kidnap and even rape.
The 50-strong team are made up of Investigators who work endlessly to bring loan sharks to justice and LIAISE officers who protect and support victims, and work with a number of partner agencies to raise general awareness of the issue.
IMLT have secured more than 370 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 320 years’ worth of custodial sentences. They have written off nearly £72 million worth of illegal debt and have helped over 27,000 victims.
Residents are urged to never borrow money from someone if they:
Have been provided with no or very little paperwork on loans
Have had debts randomly increase or have had additional amounts added to a loan unexpectedly.
Have personal items taken as security on a loan (passport, driving license, bank cards)
Have received intimidation and threats by a money lender.
Residents can check if someone is authorised to lend money by visiting the Financial Conduct Authority’s website and searching for a company, person or postcode through their Financial Services Register
To report a loan shark:
Call the 24-hour confidential hotline on 0300 555 2222
Text a report to 078600 22116
Visit the website http://www.stoploansharks.co.uk
Private message the team at http://www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject
Illegal Money Lending Team Q1 National Newsletter 2017 **Current**
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Police bosses hold high-level talks at Westminster to safeguard future funding **Current**
A DELEGATION from Durham Constabulary travelled to London yesterday to hold talks with the Policing Minister in an attempt to safeguard funding for the force.
Ron Hogg, Durham Constabulary’s Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC), and Chief Constable Mike Barton, met Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis MP to raise issues which could detrimentally affect the amount of money the force receives.
Durham Constabulary is currently the top performing force in the country. It has been rated by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) as “outstanding” at both tackling crime and being efficient.
The Home Office are currently reviewing the funding formula after an aborted attempt in 2015. Given that the force has already been rated as outstandingly efficient, any significant reduction in funding is likely to have an impact on its effectiveness.
Mr Hogg and Chief Constable Barton highlighted four particular areas with the Minister. They were:
Council Tax Precepts
This varies across the country depending on the number of properties in higher council tax bands. An area which has lots of Band D-H properties proportionately will raise substantially more income than an area which has proportionately more Band A-D properties. 55% of properties in Durham and Darlington are in Band A, which means that the yield from that precept is very low – accounting for only about 25% of the total budget. Consequently, a cut in the grant would affect the force more greatly than it would in an affluent area.
Deprivation and alcohol
Because of Durham’s rural post-industrial character, its deprivation is of a different nature to the deprivation factors contained in the 2015 formula proposal, which centred around the urban adversity found in some of the major cities. The formula should be based on factors which reflect the type of deprivation found in areas like County Durham as well. Separately, the Government had proposed to use the number of bars and pubs in an area to account for alcohol-related demand. This fails to recognise alcohol which is consumed at home or anywhere other than in a pub or bar. The North East has the highest proportion of alcohol-related deaths in the country, and much of that alcohol is not purchased in bars but in off licences and shops.
The funding formula needs to attempt to reflect demand on the police which is not crime, such as safeguarding, preventative work, mental health and people missing from home. Durham is increasingly looking to invest more resources upstream to solve problems early and prevent escalation into larger and more complex issues which ultimately cost society and the taxpayer more to fix. Any formula must allow for the capacity to be innovative and creative as well as responding to calls for service from the public.
Cuts to other services
The formula needs to take into account the impact of cuts to other public services. At the moment, decisions appear to be taken in isolation in central Government, without regard, for instance, to the impact that cuts to local authority or health budgets may have on the police and other services. Other organisations may have less available to invest in those services which support long term, cost effective community safety objectives, such as drug and alcohol treatment. These are services which prevent problems from escalating, and save money in the long run. Such reductions would result in increased demand on the police force.
PCVC Ron Hogg said: “It is extremely important that the funding from Government is set according to a formula which enables Durham Constabulary to operate effectively. I am writing to all local MPs to make them aware of the issues which I raised with the Minister, and to enable them to make the case for fair funding locally and in Parliament.”
Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “We’re proud that we are able to provide a police service for the people of County Durham and Darlington which is second to none and it’s vital that we do everything we can to maintain that.
“As the country’s top performing force, which has also been credited with using its money wisely, we are in an enviable position.
“It is therefore key that we take our chance to ensure that those with the purse strings produce a funding formula which is fair and enables us to continue to provide the best possible service for those who live and work in our communities.”
Three-quarters of survey respondents in favour of police precept increase **Current**
A Proposal to apply a small increase to the police element (precept) of Council Tax has been supported by the Durham Police and Crime Panel, at the Panel's meeting earlier today.
This will result in a small rise in the precept of 1.98% from April, equivalent to 4p a week, or £2.20 a year, for households in Council Tax Band A.
Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, sought views from residents about the proposed precept increase, as part of his annual consultation. Local people met Ron at events in leisure centres and community meetings, and also responded online and by telephone throughout January.
Residents from across all twelve neighbourhood policing teams gave their views. From the 324 valid responses to the consultation, 77 per cent were in favour of Ron’s proposal to increase the precept by 1.98 per cent from April 2017.
Ron said: “Since the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in 2015, the impact of cuts to police budgets mean the amount of funding coming to local policing from Government is still reducing year on year. In 2017-18 I will receive £1.1m less to fund your local police force than I did in 2016-17.
“I am very conscious of the challenge that people face in terms of their household finances. The Panel today agreed that there was a clear public endorsement to the increase, from the residents who had taken the time to give me their views. Whilst I recognise that some respondents preferred to maintain the current precept level, over three-quarters of respondents did support the increase. This will take place from April 2017.
“I remain committed to ensuring the police have the resources they need to ensure the public receive the police service they deserve. This small increase will raise £560,000 for 2017-18, and maintain the equivalent of six Police Officers in post.”
Cllr Joy Allen, Chair of the Panel said: “Any increase less than 1.98% or keeping the precept at the current level would result in lower baseline going forward and would potentially jeopardise front line policing. Crime and the fear of crime is always a priority for residents and this is reflected in the feedback from majority of respondents who support the proposed increase.
“The Panel will continue to hold the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner to account. We want Durham to maintain its enviable record as being one of only two forces in the country to be graded as outstanding following the HMIC efficiency inspection.”
Ron continues to monitor the work Durham Constabulary has undertaken to increase value for money and to protect community policing.
DBS News January 2017 **Current**
Please take a look at our January issue of DBS News. We have included a mixture of news and updates to interest our wide range of stakeholders.
This issue of the newsletter includes:
Looking forward from our Chief Executive
R1 Project Update
Metropolitan Police Update
Policy & guidance updates from Department for Education and the DBS
Registered Body: Compliance Visits
Barring Referral Improvements
DBS maintaining accreditation
Working together to combat fraud
VONNE Criminal Justice Ebulletin January 2017 **Current**
Nepacs News - Supporting a positive future **Current**
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Road-users urged to ‘go the extra mile’ to stay safe **Current**
DRIVERS and pedestrians are being encouraged to make an extra effort to stay safe on our roads. This is the theme of a month-long campaign this February.
A variety of road-related issues will be addressed, such as speeding, anti-social and illegal parking near schools and the use of mobile phones when driving.
Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner is leading the campaign in a bid to raise awareness of these issues and encourage drivers and pedestrians to look out for each other. He said:
“It is vitally important that we continue to raise people’s awareness of road safety in our communities. There’s no doubt that our roads are getting busier and I’m encouraging both drivers and pedestrians to take extra care and be responsible for their own safety, and the safety of others.”
The campaign aims to raise awareness of road related issues, improve education to help people stay safe on our roads, and sign-post people across County Durham and Darlington to useful information provided by our partner organisations.
“Our partners already do a lot of good work to educate, and enforce, road safety in our towns and villages” said Ron. “I urge residents of all ages to get involved and share these messages of safety, whether this is out and about on the way to and from school, or through social media. Let’s look out for each other.”
More information about the month-long campaign can be found at: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk.
Payment diversion alert **New**
Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.
Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
Amazon Emails Claim You Have Placed An Order **Current**
Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “email@example.com” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.
The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches.
The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.
Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:
Links to websites that look like amazon.co.uk, but aren't
Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
Typos or grammatical errors.
Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon
Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.
You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201489210
To report a fraud or cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040.
Cops more efficient thanks to time-saving devices **Current**
FRONT-LINE officers are taking advantage of hand-held technology, as the first phase of a mobile data project comes to an end.
The roll-out of electronic tablets aims to cut down on the amount of paperwork incurred by front-line officers, enabling them to be more mobile and visible in the community.
Around 500 devices have now been distributed to Durham Constabulary officers, with the next phase of the project due to start early in the new year. Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, monitors productivity and value for money within the force, in his role of holding the Chief Constable to account.
Ron said: “In a time of austerity and the long-term impact affecting police budgets, it is important that all forces work in innovative ways to meet the demands on our services.
“The use of mobile devices has already seen a number of benefits which have improved performance across the force area. Crimes can be logged more quickly so that officers can spend less time doing paperwork. Ultimately this means that officers can provide a better quality of service, spend extra time with the victim and use their time more efficiently by serving the public.”
Durham Constabulary was the only force in the country to be graded as Outstanding in all three areas of the Efficiency inspection, by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in October this year.
Inspector Mick Button, who has been leading on the project from the outset, said: “This initial phase has seen a number of benefits including less duplication, and an improved use of mobile working right at the heart of the community, without the ongoing need for officers to travel back to stations to write up their reports.
“An evaluation report will be completed early in the new year. This will shape how the next phase of the project will be rolled-out over the coming months.”
Ron recently launched his Police, Crime and Victims’ Plan 2016-21 in November. The Plan sets the direction for the Chief Constable over the next four years, and is underpinned by a number of Aims, Objectives and Outcomes. Innovation is one of the Approaches to policing set out in the plan.
More information about Ron’s Plan can be found at: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk.