A PROBATION boss has promised to step up a crackdown on prolific offenders in Ellesmere Port.
Chief officer Steve Collett has made targeting the most active criminals a priority of the new Cheshire Probation Trust, which comes into force next month.
The trust will replace the Cheshire Probation Area on April 1 after its application was approved by the Ministry of Justice.
According to Mr Collett, the trust’s campaign can have a big impact on the crime rate and allow concentration of resources on frontline services.
He revealed that 10% of offenders are estimated to account for half of all crime.
Mr Collett said: “We’ve already had success in this area.
“The idea behind the Prolific Offender Schemes is that the police and ourselves work with the offenders who are the most prolific in terms of reoffending.
“We try and target the top 25 to 50 offenders depending on the size of the locality. Our figures are very good locally. We are reducing reoffending by between about 35% and 55%.”