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Working Together – Building Safer Communities. Persistent Offender Project. Joint Partnership between Glasgow Addiction Service & Strathclyde Police Funded by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. Persistent Offender Project (POP). Centenary House, Glasgow

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persistent offender project

Working Together – Building Safer Communities

Persistent Offender Project

Joint Partnership between Glasgow Addiction Service & Strathclyde Police

Funded by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership

persistent offender project pop
Persistent Offender Project (POP)
  • Centenary House, Glasgow
  • 1 x Police Sergeant 1 X Police Officer
  • 1 x Senior Addiction Worker 3 x Addiction Workers
  • 1 x Admin Support
aim of the project
Aim of the Project

To Target:-

  • Adults(16+ Male/Female)
  • Who persistently commit acquisitive crimes and prostitution offences in Glasgow to finance their drug / alcohol or substance dependency;
  • Who reside in ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘G’ divisions of Glasgow
key objectives
Key Objectives
  • Reduce drug/alcohol offending
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour
  • Reduce drug related deaths
  • Reduce the fear of crime
  • Promote community safety and well being
  • Promote training and employment opportunities and encourage offenders to become involved in work initiatives.
drugs the criminal justice system
Drugs & the Criminal Justice System
  • Economic & Social cost of drug motivated crime are considerable
  • Total cost of such crime estimated at £19billion (strategy Unit, UK Govt)
  • Drug users commit 56% of total number of crimes recorded in UK each year
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Drugs & the Criminal Justice System
  • Proportion is higher for certain crime types
  • Shoplifting 85%
  • Domestic Housebreaking 80% Commercial Housebreaking 71%
  • 84% of the cost of drug motivated crime is committed by users of heroin or crack cocaine
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Drugs & the Criminal Justice System
  • Out of this 84% - 10% account for more than half of crime committed
  • It is within this target group the POP is looking to identify and engage.
  • (Gossop et al) identified significant reductions in the amount of crime committed following effective treatment
identification of target group
Identification of Target Group
  • Initially identified through police systems
  • Referrals from partner agencies
  • Self referral
  • Cross referred with information on Social Work CareFirst
  • Discussion between partner agencies
treatment delivery
Treatment delivery
  • Partnership working
  • Joint protocol (Community Addiction Teams/CJ Teams / SPS/ Drug Court)
  • Information sharing
  • Pro-active outreach
  • Monitoring of offending and substance misuse
  • Young People involved in treatment
  • Harm reduction
  • Link people in to “wraparound” services
  • Women involved in Prostitution – Base 75 and Routes Out Intervention Team plus 218
pop process
POP Process
  • Individual approached in various settings Court, Prison home visits etc
  • Consent form signed
  • Assessment, identified needs and priority link in to treatment
  • Access to wide range of services offered by GAS
  • Pro-actively outreach to engage individual within treatment
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POP Process
  • Information sharing with partner agency\'s
  • Tracking individuals criminal activity, and providing appropriate support
  • Stabilisation of one individual can have a significant effect on Local Communities and Local Police Divisions.
  • Current Drug Trends relating to harm reduction.
outcomes benefits
Outcomes / Benefits
  • Reduction in crime and fear of crime
  • Reduction in drug deaths
  • Improved community safety and well being
  • Increased numbers sustained in treatment services
  • Improved partnership working
  • Links to Training & Employment
  • Integration back in to local community
progress to date
Progress to date
  • 100 Individuals engaged per annum.
  • Reduction in acquisitive crime (28%) leading to a safer City
  • Service users engaged in treatment and care and maintaining that position – many for the first time in their lives
  • Reduction in homelessness
  • Reduction in women involved in prostitution
  • The development of a service user questionnaire and possible peer support group.
  • joint working with the Structured Deferred Sentence team and referral pathways identified
  • Work in progress by Scottish Government Economist – Financial impact on Communities
  • Development of closer integration with CHCP
  • Clear identified links to employment and Training
  • Ever changing innovative practice to engage this difficult to reach service user group.
case study
Case Study

Service user A was highlighted by the Street Liaison Team and Base 75, the concerns where as follows:

  • deterioration in both her physical and mental health
  • Homelessness, rough sleeping
  • Chaotic IV drug use
  • Lack of contact/engagement with services
  • Her involvement in Street prostitution
  • staying with males that were sexually exploiting her
  • Being bullied by other women by having her clothes and money taken from her
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Case Study
  • POP quick to locate her in custody
  • Prioritised for treatment
  • Extensive outreach, assessment & Care Planning
  • Family Support
  • Support with Housing
  • Successful exit from Prostitution
  • Linked to training, now attending College


Centenary House

100 Morrison St


G5 8LN

Tel: 0141 276 7456

[email protected]