Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust
Sussex Probation Area is merging with Surrey Probation Area to form Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust from 1 April 2010.
The opportunity to merge two successful probation areas arose during 2009 and received formal approval from the Ministry of Justice in November 2009.
Whilst increase size and capacity was a significant driver for the creation of the new Trust it must be stated that at the core of our service delivery structure is the requirement to be responsive to local need. The Trust has been structured to align with the boundaries of our key partner agencies such as the police and local authorities. From 1 April 2010 there will be four delivery units each with a dedicated director who is responsible for local engagement and commissioning of offender services.
They will be supported by two executive directors who will lead our Public Protection Teams, which supervise the most the difficult offenders who potentially pose a higher risk of harm.
The ability to reduce adult re-offending requires a comprehensive range of services to direct offenders away from crime. Community Payback is the most visible means by which the trust can work with partners to ensure that offenders make recompense for their crimes in a way that can really benefit local groups or voluntary organisations.
Sonia Crozier, Chief Executive designate of Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust, said: "I have no doubt that by merging and reorganisaing in this way we can better deliver on our aims of protecting the public and reducing reoffending in partnership with various other agencies."