Lancashire Reducing Reoffending Boards

The Commissioner supports Lancashire’s Reducing Reoffending Strategy which aims to bring agencies together to work in partnership to reduce reoffending and protect communities in the county. The approach recognises that reducing re-offending is not the responsibility of a single agency; it is essential that all agencies work together in partnership to successfully manage individual offenders, challenging their behaviour and encouraging them to move away from committing further crime and anti-social behaviour.

To support the delivery of this strategy, four local Reducing Reoffending Boards, covering the North, East, South and West of the county, will play a key role in bringing partners together to work on shared priorities. They will also play an important role in setting local priorities and deciding which projects will receive funding and best address the local issues in their communities. These Boards are:

North Lancashire: covering the Lancaster and Morecambe areas

East Lancashire: covering Burnley, Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen and the Ribble Valley

South Lancashire: covering Preston, Skelmersdale, Ormskirk and Chorley

West Lancashire: covering Blackpool, Wyre and the wider Fylde area

These local Boards will feed into the county-wide Strategic Reducing Reoffending Board which will provide the overall direction for the partnership in helping to reduce levels of reoffending and keeping Lancashire safe. The work of all of these Boards will be overseen by an Independent Chair.

Meet the chair – Jerry Graham QPM

Appointed in April 2018, Jerry brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge around crime, reoffending and the criminal justice system as a former Chief Constable in Cumbria. Prior to this he was a senior officer at Lancashire Constabulary and is familiar with the challenges faced across the county as well as key partnerships.

The role of the Chair is to ensure the running of each local board, and bring this information and insight to the Strategic Reducing Reoffending Board which sits above these.

One of his key responsibilities is ensuring the different Boards link in with the Commissioner’s priorities, as set out in his police and crime plan. The Chair will also identify the key priorities emerging from the local and strategic boards and make recommendations for allocating the Commissioner’s Reducing Reoffending Fund.

Other key responsibilities include maintaining a consistent approach across each local board, providing an objective, independent and experienced overview of work on reducing reoffending and maintaining their strategic direction.