A SCHEME aimed at cutting crime in South Tyneside is celebrating success.
Project STARR – South Tyneside Acting to Reduce Reoffending – was launched two years ago as a partnership between South Tyneside Council, Northumbria Probation Trust, Northumbria Police and local health, drug and alcohol services to reduce reoffending rates.
It has seen a 41 per cent drop in the number of offenders who go on to commit new crimes, and a 36 per cent reduction in the number of people classed as prolific offenders who commit new crimes.
The approach, known as integrated offender management, was reviewed at a conference held at Bede’s World, Jarrow.
Coun Tracey Dixon, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for area management and community safety, said: “Project STARR is a fantastic initiative, working with some of the borough’s most challenging offenders, helping to steer them away from committing crime.
Karin O’Neill, director of offender management at Northumbria Probation Trust, said: “We work with a broad range of offenders.
“Among this group, there has been a 41 per cent reduction in arrests since they joined the scheme.
“Among the prolific offender group, there has been a 36 per cent reduction in reoffending in the first six months of the current financial year.”
Chief Inspector Brian Walker, from South Tyneside Area Command, said: “By working with these offenders, we can break the cycle of offending, which is fundamental to reducing crime leading to fewer victims.”