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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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Working Together – Building Safer Communities

Persistent Offender Project

Joint Partnership between Glasgow Addiction Service & Strathclyde Police

Funded by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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  • 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.

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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

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Centenary House

100 Morrison St


G5 8LN

Tel: 0141 276 7456