Probation, police and prisons working together to manage Lancashire’s most serious sexual and violent offenders

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Probation, police and prisons working together to manage Lancashire’s most serious sexual and violent offenders

The MAPPA annual report has been published this morning (31 October), which sets out the statutory arrangements for managing sexual and violent offenders in Lancashire between 1 April 2012 and March 31 2013.

MAPPA, or multi agency public protection arrangements, is how the police, probation and the prison service protect the public in a coordinated manner. These three agencies work alongside others including social services, youth offending teams, and the fire and rescue service.

Today’s bulletin sets out a snapshot of the number of all categories and levels of offender managed under MAPPA, including the number of registered sexual offenders.
In Lancashire, the number of MAPPA eligible offenders (levels one, two and three) was counted as a snapshot figure on 31 March 2013. The report outlines there were 1542 registered sexual offenders, 866 violent offenders and 15 classified as other dangerous offenders on that day.

It also includes the number of MAPPA offenders managed at level two and three who were returned to custody over the last year for breaching their licence. No offenders at level 2 or 3 breached their sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) during 2012/2013.

The Public Protection Unit at Lancashire Constabulary leads the force’s operations to manage violent and sexual offenders, and a full time MAPPA Coordinator works from within these offices. Detective Superintendent Neil Esseen currently chairs the MAPPA Strategic Management Board.

He said: “The report clearly evidences that MAPPA continues to work effectively to manage our most dangerous violent and sexual offenders. The success of MAPPA in Lancashire is down to our ability to work effectively in partnership both locally and at a strategic level, committing resources to safeguard our communities. It also reflects the leadership of our MAPPA Chairs in making critical and timely decisions.

We will continue to build on the success of our current arrangements, in order to most effectively protect the public of Lancashire. Sometimes no matter what is put in place, individuals go on to offend.  We will ensure that any lessons are learned, and on the very rare occasions where serious further offences are committed, this may lead to a Serious Case Review being undertaken. “

Linda Lock, Assistant Chief Executive at Lancashire Probation Trust with responsibility for Public Protection said:

“It is our priority to manage risk and protect our communities from the most serious sexual and violent offenders. Making sure we are providing a robust level of public protection when working with Lancashire’s most violent and sexual offenders is a demanding task and we work with a number of agencies to reduce the risk and help break the cycle of reoffending.”

The Lancashire MAPPA annual report can be found online at:

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