Four members of Sweden’s police force have spent three days with officers and staff from Hampshire Constabulary to find out more about a successful multi-agency working approach that is being undertaken in the county.
The Integrated Offender Management scheme helps and manages offenders at high risk of reoffending through a multi-agency partnership approach.
The main agencies involved include the probation service, police, Society of St James, community safety partnerships, and housing providers, aimed at prolific and priority offenders and offenders released from periods of short-term imprisonment.
A similar scheme will be introduced in Stockholm, and officers have travelled to Hampshire to observe how it could benefit offenders and the wider community.
Detective Superintendent Anna Ohlsson, leading the Swedish delegates, said: “We have noticed they have succeeded much more than we have. We wanted to observe and learn their experience[s] and how they have done it and the structure of it.
“We can see it’s an area that is similar to Stockholm by inhabitants and crimes and so on. We didn’t want to go to an area where it wasn’t similar to the one we are working in.”
Hampshire Constabulary IOM development manager, Keith Fincham said: “The work that we’ve undertaken with regard to reducing reoffending and keeping our communities safe through the project has been very rewarding.
“I’m delighted that our colleagues from Sweden have been able to learn from our experiences.”