Probation service is top in the country

THE probation team covering Scarborough are celebrating after their trust was ranked one of the best in the country.

The York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust has come out tops for meeting Ministry of Justice targets in dealing with offenders during 2010-11.

On the probation trust rating system, which summarises overall performance and compares probation trusts, York and North Yorkshire was placed as one of the top three highest achieving trusts in the county for protecting the public and reducing reoffending.

Pete Brown, chief executive of the York and North Yorkshire Trust said: “2010-11 was a significant first year for the Trust, following our successful attainment of Trust status from April 1, 2010. It has been a year of very strong performance, whilst pursuing considerable organisational change and seeking to capitalise on the benefits of locally focused services.

“I am absolutely delighted with our performance last year. This is a huge achievement and one of which we are justly proud. This outstanding achievement would not be possible without the expertise, creativity and professionalism of all our managers and staff to deliver quality services.

“Looking ahead, our strong performance places us in a position to positively respond to the challenges we face and achieve the reductions in reoffending which are so important to our communities.”

The report also highlighted how the Trust’s Community Payback teams were busier than ever. Offenders in York and North Yorkshire performed more than 125,293 hours of unpaid work for the benefit of local communities.

Over the last five years the figure totals to more than 600,000 hours of free labour.