Rugby’s Community Safety Partnership has hosted a visit from the Right Honourable Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Justice and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain.
The visit was arranged by Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, and Cllr Craig Humphrey, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, after the Secretary of State heard reports of the council’s work with young people at risk of offending.
Cllr Derek Poole, Deputy Leader of Rugby Borough Council and Chair of the Rugby Borough Community Safety Partnership, said: “The Secretary of State was very impressed that we are the only partnership in the county to meet our targets in the last three years, but was particularly excited to hear about our preventative work that is saving the partnership money.
“In one of our projects, a mentoring programme, our reoffending rate was 27 per cent against a national average of 60 per cent - and this saved our economy £67,250. As the Secretary of State said, if this could be replicated nationally it would free up 15 per cent of the prison estate.”
Cllr Craig Humphrey, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, said: “Our evidence-based approach to crime prevention is making our borough safer and a better place to live and to visit. Not only that, it is saving money by reducing the amount that we have to spend on detecting crime, and reducing the financial and emotional cost of crime.
“There will always be more to do, but I was delighted to be able to share some of our successes with the Secretary of State.”
The Secretary of State met with representatives of the Community Safety Partnership at Rugby Town Hall on Wednesday, before meeting some of the young people involved in a mentoring project at Hill Street Youth and Community Centre.