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National Probation Services (NPS)

PCC Hardyal Dhindsa responds to Government announcement.

“As a former probation officer I welcome the Government’s U-turn on their flawed part-privatisation of the Probation Service. 

“The national Probation Service was working very effectively prior to the flawed experiment to get the private sector to fund an essential public service.  I consistently pointed out that this was always doomed to fail and fail it did.

“I’m glad that common sense has finally prevailed.  Human nature is complex, it’s volatile, it fluctuates, and it needs understanding; the kind of understanding that isn’t motivated by money, growth or profit margins.

“Moving forward, welcome though this news is, it is absolutely critical that the service is properly funded.  There is so much ground to make up, so much work to be done and if it is to work effectively the service must be given the appropriate resources from the outset. 

“As police and crime commissioner I have a responsibility to support victims of crime which is why I look forward to working with our partners across the criminal justice system to create an inclusive system that puts the needs of victims first while helping to support people away from criminality.”

Background information

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-take-control-of-unpaid-work-to-strengthen-community-sentences

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Posted on Saturday 13th June 2020
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