Integrated Offender Management
The IOM (Integrated Offender Management) scheme was developed within Humberside Probation Trust as a way of identifying our most currently active offenders. This was as a response to addressing the crime rates across Humberside, particularly in relation to acquisitive crime. Acquisitive crime covers aspects of robbery and burglary such as street crime, business and retail crime and motor vehicle crime. Serious acquisitive crime is defined as domestic burglary (of a residence), theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle, and robbery (people and business).
Prior to this the targeting of offenders was purely by those that were identified as PPOs (Prolific & Priority Offender) which initially had a successful impact on the reduction of serious acquisitive crime, but it was felt that on the back of this success the formula could be developed and extended further.
Offenders managed within the IOM scheme are identified and managed using a multi-agency approach. All offenders within the scheme have a nominated Probation Offender Manager and Police lead who have overall responsibility for the direct management of the offender. Each offender is given a status of Gold/Silver/Bronze/Blue which is determined on a multi-agency level based on information/intelligence about their current level of reoffending. In addition, their status defines the level of surveillance, curfew, drug testing, home visits, contact and provision allocated to the offender.
Furthermore IOM offenders can be youths or adults, and can be either non statutory (not subject to any form of Probation or YOS supervision) or statutory. For statutory cases, they all receive offence focused and victim awareness work.
If the offender cooperates with the IOM scheme they receive an extensive and enhanced level of support (such as with accommodation, employment/training and drug/alcohol treatment). If they don’t, there is robust enforcement and management of the individual.
Since the roll out of IOM across Humberside there has been extensive evidence that has demonstrated that it is the must successful model at managing offenders assessed as posing the greatest risk of reoffending, and the biggest impact on reducing reoffending.