South Yorkshire Police: Innovative approaches to reduce reoffending and tackle domestic abuse

INNOVATIVE South Yorkshire Police was hailed for its exemplary practice across eight areas in a national report by the force watchdog.

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services compiled inspectors’ findings from all 43 police forces nationwide.

The report - Police Performance: Getting A Grip - included several SYP case studies as examples of best practice in policing.

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Deputy Chief Constable Tim Forber said: “It is wonderful to see the hard work and dedication of all our officers and staff recognised and praised in this national report.”

The force was praised for its collaborative work to reduce reoffending. When someone is arrested for violence, they are referred to “navigators” employed by the health sector, who engage with the offenders on issues like housing, employment and drug abuse.

The success of this has seen the same approach taken in South Yorkshire’s custody suites.

Another example of innovation was the production of a domestic abuse handbook, setting out what a good investigation looks like. This is said to have had a positive impact on improving outcomes for victims.

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The crime prevention work done with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue at the Lifewise centre in Hellaby was also held up for praise for offering interactive learning experiences.

The mock-up film set is designed to demonstrate community safety lessons in a secure environment.

Mr Forber said: “Across the force, work is being done to identify how we can utilise investments in technology and work in innovative ways to improve our processes, protect vulnerable people and ensure we are providing the best possible services to the communities we serve.”