Re-offending rates are cut

FEWER criminals in Calderdale are re-offending, according to new figures.

Research by the Ministry of Justice show the rate for re-offending dropped by 9 per cent last year, beating the West Yorkshire average fall of 6 per cent and national reduction of 1 per cent.

The West Yorkshire Probation Trust is celebrating the figures.

Gini Whitehead, head of probation in Calderdale, said: “Our aim in supervising offenders is to not just to punish but to bring about changes in their behaviour.

“A reduction in re-offending is a reduction in crime.

“It is wonderful to see that our hard work is delivering real results. This is not something that we can achieve on our own and this impressive result is the product of strong partnerships locally.

“The work doesn’t stop here. We want to continue to have even greater success.

“For this reason we are very excited about a new project, Commit to Change, where probation will be working with both police and voluntary sector to enable more intensive supervision for those offenders at risk of short prison sentences where the re-offending rates are at their worst.”