Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes new Independent Chair to tackle reoffending10 June, 2020
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the new Independent Chair of local boards which look at ways to reduce reoffending in the county, bringing organisations together to help make the county a safer place.
Paul Withers, formerly an detective at Lancashire Constabulary, came into post as Chair in April, following inaugural chair Jerry Graham who was in place for two years.
He will oversee four local boards, which cover the North, East, South and West of the county and play a key role in helping tackle reoffending and addressing its causes. They also assist the Commissioner in the distribution of his dedicated fund, to projects which tackle crime and reoffending across Lancashire, making sure it is used in a way which best addresses the local issues and priorities in their communities.
“I’m looking forward to working with Paul and the Local Reducing Reoffending Boards to continue this work and make sure that we continue to tackle reoffending across the county, helping people to avoid returning to the criminal justice system and turn their lives around.”
“Breaking the cycle of offending is not an easy task and requires a highly coordinated approach, which is why the boards are well placed to identify local issues and bring organisations together.”