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‘Checkpoint’ Programme – Durham Police

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Navin Shah Navin Shah Labour

The Durham Constabulary has set up a pioneering programme for repeat offenders. Trial results of the programme show that the reoffending rate for those who complete Checkpoint is 16 per cent less than those who were dealt with by other traditional criminal justice methods. Is this something for Met Police to consider?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Yes, the Met are currently trailling a deferred prosecution pilot in North West London (Barnet, Brent and Harrow). This is part of the Ministry of Justice’s ‘Chance to Change programme’ that was set up following the Lammy Review, and is informed by the evaluation of Durham’s Checkpoint pilot as well as the Operation Turning pilot which was delivered in West Midlands.

In the Met’s pilot where a person is accused of committing a low level crime, instead of being prosecuted, they are given an opportunity to complete specified conditions (e.g. rehabilitative work, victim reparation and/or a curfew). The offender is not required to admit guilt.