Offender Intervention & Two Tier Framework

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Job Description

Nationally, we are moving towards a streamlined, two-tier framework of adult out-of-court disposals, consisting of Community Resolutions and Conditional Cautions (Basically removing the other disposals such as cannabis warnings , PND’s and simple cautions-except in domestic cases). The national lead is DCC Sara Glen – Hampshire.

The role is not all about office-based administration, far from it. It is an active role where interpersonal skills are invaluable when dealing with offenders, victims, colleagues and partner agencies.

The offender Intervention Team will be responsible for the out of court disposals of low-level offences for Adult offenders across the Cheshire area. They will support the delivery of front line policing through root cause identification, considered disposals and interventions in the interest of the victim, community and to reduce re-offending. Those disposals and interventions will be via the Two Tier Framework, with Conditional Cautions and Community Resolutions being instrumental when dealing with offenders and their offending behaviour.

The team will actively engage with offenders referred to the Offender Interventions Team to address the root cause of the offending behaviour. Offenders will be referred via the Team supervision or by pro-actively dealing with offenders who are brought to the team member’s attention through custody or the LPU’s.

The team will refer offenders via the two tier framework to relevant educational courses or co-ordinate their pathway to the appropriate partner agencies and facilitate the co-operation of the offender.

The team will consist of one Sgt and ten Constables. Four constables will work on the North , three on the East and three on the West and will be primarily based at their relevant Custody suites , however the officers will also work from local stations and will be expected to be mobile when dealing with offender interventions and liaising with fellow LPU officers and our partner agencies.

This advert is to recruit:

  • One constable on the West
  • Two constables on the East

Flexibility will be required and given where appropriate in what will be a different, challenging and rewarding role.

The Offender Intervention Team should not be the only officers dealing with OOCD’s. However, the team will provide assistance and information to those who require it and give advice from learnt experiences of the interventions available having received the appropriate training input from our partner agencies.

Two Tier Framework.

Conditional Cautions are more ‘victim- focused’, when compared to the Simple Caution. The conditions must be rehabilitative, reparative or punitive. Conditions can be put in place to address alcohol or drug referral, gambling addiction, compensation, apology or even not to reoffend. A person who does not comply with the conditions that he/she agreed to may be prosecuted for the original offence.

Two-Tier consists of the following adult out-of-court disposals:

1. The Adult Conditional Caution will be the only option for cautioning adult offenders, once a caution has been deemed appropriate and just in the circumstances. This can in many cases be supported by a Victim Awareness Course (VAC) as a suitable ‘condition’. Not to be used for Domestic Abuse or Hate crimes (see Adult Caution below).
2. The Community Resolution – Community Resolution combines two Cheshire outcomes; Street RJ and Local Outcome and along with the introduction of the Victims Code of Practice offers an appropriate solution to address the root cause of offending behaviour whilst ensuring that the needs of the victim and the community are considered

(The Adult Simple Caution will only be used in low level cases of either Domestic Abuse or Hate crime where correctly authorised (taking into account DPP guidelines)).

The quick and easy option should not be the preference. The aim of the Two-Tier approach, using interventions is to address the root cause of the offending behaviour and be more effective in reducing low-level crime.

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Qualifications

Must have completed Constable probationary period.

Have strong communication skills with the ability to adapt language, form and message to meet the needs of different people and audiences, including Offenders, Victims, Police Officers and Partner Agencies.

Ability to gain an understanding of our partner agencies roles and profiles in order to develop and maintain excellent working relationships.

Provide problem solving skills with the ability to identify cause and effect and develop a course of action, drawing on evidence base, designed to target root causes, mitigate risks and manage impacts.

Be able to work as part of a team but also act upon your own initiative as an individual.

Be self- motivated, passionate, hardworking and have a genuine interest in rehabilitative options and methods in order to help and assist Offenders who are potentially struggling with personal issues.

Although you will be area based (North , East, West ) to be able to work from other areas when required.

The role will be primarily day shifts however weekend working is anticipated on a rota system across the areas ( 1 in 3 or 1 in 4) . Flexibility will be required and given when necessary.

Cheshire Constabulary is fully supportive of equality and diversity and strives to employ a workforce which is representative of the community it serves. Applicants are welcomed from all underrepresented groups and support will be made available throughout the recruitment process for all applicants. Under-represented groups include:

  • Females
  • Those from a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) background, including non-visible ethnic minorities such as Czech, Slovak, Polish, and Gypsy/Traveller’s
  • Individuals from the LGBT+ community
  • People with disabilities
  • All other characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010.

If you have any queries in relation to equality and diversity, or have a request for any additional support you may need, please email

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