The digital 24/7 evidence-based interventions – The Intervention Hub is being piloted as part of Surrey Police’s Checkpoint Out of Court Disposal Scheme.
The initiative will see “low level offenders” paying a one off fee to use one of the programmes on the Intervention Hub as part of a Deferred Caution and Deferred Charge.
Surrey Checkpoint is a deferred prosecution scheme for lower level offences. Launched in 2019, it aims to reduce reoffending while providing greater satisfaction for victims.
At the point of charge, caution or summons the male or female offender will be asked if they want to take part in the scheme as an alternative to caution summons or charge.
A needs assessment will be conducted with the offender and the victim will be spoken to find out what they need from the process. A contract is then drawn up and agreed with the offender, this may include work in the community, an offender pays scheme, a face to face apology or compensation.
They may also be signposted to someone for longer term help with mental health, debt or housing issues. If they complete the agreement the case is closed as a community resolution. If they don’t complete the agreement the file will be sent back to the investigating officer for them to continue with the original outcome, caution or charge.
The pilot commenced on 18th January 2021 and is anticipated to be completed within 12 months where a full evaluation will take place regarding its effectiveness.
The director of RSG has stated:
‘This year has seen RSG extend the application of our service to assist the police service deliver Out of Court Disposals via Deferred Caution and Deferred Charge schemes. We’re delighted that Surrey Police has joined the broader initiative and commenced a pilot in January of this year.’
The Intervention Hub itself utilises digital Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT) which can be used on any SMART device, is available 24/7 and is suitable for all learning styles as audio bars, text and videos guide users through.
To find out more about this service please contact:
Jonathan Hussey – RSG Business Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org