The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) supports the work of the elected Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach.
A key priority for the PCC is reducing re-offending and supporting organisations to provide opportunities for ex-offenders to break the cycle of offending and secure stable employment.
The PCC invests funding every year into his crime prevention fund and supports a number of local organisations, in their work to get ex-offenders back into employment.
In addition, along with 17 other areas, the OPCC has also received funding from the Home Office for the setup of a Violence Reduction Unit, established locally as the Violence Reduction Network (VRN). The VRN adopts a public health approach to preventing serious violence and looks to tackle the underlying causes and consequences of serious violence, with particular focus on under 25 year olds. By tackling the causes and risk factors associated with serious violence the VRN has key links to this area of work, particularly in relation to providing opportunities for individuals not in education, employment or training and the links between parental imprisonment and offending.
The OPCC has been working closely with the Employment Hub, DWP and other partners to further drive this agenda and is committed to continue the work to encourage businesses across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to recognise the benefits of employing ex-offenders and the wide range of skills that they can bring.
https://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Home.aspx - Link to OPCC Homepage
https://www.violencereductionnetwork.co.uk/ - Link to VRN Homepage