FOUR Welsh probation areas have agreed to join forces to create a united service aiming to work with offenders to reduce crime.
The probation areas have agreed to apply to the Ministry of Justice to set up the Wales Probation Trust.
It is hoped the united force will help make communities such as those in Wrexham and Flintshire safer and will protect frontline services.
Clifton Robinson, chairman of the North Wales Probation Area, said: “The four areas work best when they’re collaborating and the Wales Trust is a wonderful opportunity for all the good things we do to come together in one organisation.
“I am very excited by the project. There are hurdles to negotiate but part of the challenge is identifying them and working with staff and stakeholders to overcome them.”
Project director Caroline Morgan said: “We have one shared, national vision and local delivery of frontline services will be the foundation that underpins the Wales Probation Trust.
“We are going to have a more logical, joined-up approach which is going to strengthen public protection. This is a responsibility that we all take very seriously.
“There is a compelling logic to having one voice for Wales – speaking for probation, speaking for staff and pushing forward the agenda to reduce re-offending.
“Fewer crimes mean fewer victims and by working together as an all-Wales service, we can make an important contribution to making Wales a safer and better place to live.
“As a Wales-wide Trust, we would have a £50m budget and that gives you a lot more power and influence.”