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Probation satellite tracking scheme wins award

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A ground breaking partnership approach to protecting communities from crime and keeping the public safe has been recognised at awards.

A ground breaking partnership approach to protecting communities from crime and keeping the public safe has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Hertfordshire Probation Trust has won this year’s Guardian Public Services Award for Digital Innovation for their work on satellite tracking offenders in the community.

The Hertfordshire Horizons Programme is a partnership led by Hertfordshire Probation Trust and Hertfordshire Constabulary. It is supported by a range of other public, private and voluntary sector partners to reduce reoffending amongst the county’s worst offenders.
 
As well as using satellite tracking tags the Horizons team works intensively with Hertfordshire’s most prolific offenders providing a package of support, including drug and alcohol interventions and employment and housing.

Colin Allars, NOMS Director of Probation and Contracted Services, said:

‘This is a fantastic achievement. The Hertfordshire Horizons project is a great example of partners working together to have a real impact on reducing reoffending and I am delighted that it has been recognised with this award.’
 
The Government is committed to ensuring electronic monitoring is an effective tool in supporting the punishment of offenders and helping make our communities safer.

Through the new contracts for electronic monitoring services, due to come into effect in 2013, we will be introducing the most sophisticated and advanced satellite tracking technology in the world to track offenders 
 
Read further details on the Hertfordshire Horizons award win.