Convicted criminals have been carrying out unpaid work in Driffield this week as part of a scheme known as community payback.
The supervised verge clean up along Spellowgate was just one of a wide range of community projects across East Yorkshire sparked by a partnership between Councils and the Humberside Probation Trust.
Bill Postill Community Payback Operations Manager for Humberside Probation Trust said: “This is a great example of how the Trailblazer Partnership between Humberside Probation Trust’s Community Payback scheme and Driffield Town Council have agreed on this worthwhile project that benefits the local community and combines hard work with learning new skills for Community Payback offenders.
Peter Wright, Chief Executive, Humberside Probation Trust said: “Humberside Probation Trust has managed the completion of unpaid work by offenders for 40 years. Community Payback brings together a number of really positive elements including community involvement, partnership between the Trust and other agencies, reparation for wrong-doing, rehabilitation, and, of course, the punishment involved in completing hours of unpaid work to a very high standard. The Trust is delighted to support this project.”
Police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove said: “When I stood for election, I said I wanted to see offenders pay for their actions, and victims having more of a say in how criminals are punished. Community Payback is a very effective way of doing that and I applaud the excellent work carried out by Humberside Probation Trust and this new Trailblazers project.
Trailblazers will ensure victims of crime have a greater say in what happens once an offender is convicted. You will be able to nominate where Community Payback work will be carried out, be kept informed of its progress, and as a victim, feel more satisfied. The end result we are all looking for is two-fold, punishment and rehabilitation.
Being made to carry out unpaid work in the community they committed their crime, in broad daylight and highly visible, has proved to make offenders think twice before committing more crime, and return to the law abiding community having learned a valuable lesson. Research also shows that 85% of victims are satisfied with their experience of restorative justice, and there is a significant decrease in re-offending.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I am committed to working with Humberside Probation Trust and our partners in criminal justice to find new ways of sharing our resources, for example using Community Payback to do the hard work cleaning up and repairing a local park or play area, which can then be adopted by one of Humberside Police’s enthusiastic Lifestyle teams to look after. But the best ideas will come from you, the public, and I encourage you to get involved and play your part in deciding how criminals are punished in your community.”