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Police, Intelligence, and Young Offenders

NCJ Number
International Journal of Police Science & Management Volume: 9 Issue: 3 Dated: Autumn 2007 Pages: 244-256
Ian Waters
Date Published
13 pages
This paper examines how the police in England and Wales have been engaged collaboratively in the control of young offenders, with a particular focus on the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Program (ISSP).
The government and the Youth Justice Board (YJB) of England and Wales have placed considerable emphasis on robust community interventions for young offenders, and the vital role of multiagency work in Youth Offending Teams (YOTs). The police are expected to play an increasingly important part in the control of persistent young offenders, and to facilitate a “joined-up” criminal justice system. To this end, police involvement in the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Program (ISSP) centers on the provision and sharing of intelligence, the monitoring of young offenders, and more direct work in terms of ISSP management and risk assessment. The ISSP is designed to reduce the frequency and seriousness of offending. This paper discusses the involvement of the police in the ISSP. It is shown that such involvement primarily revolves around the concept and practice of intelligence-led policing, and the sharing of information between ISSP teams and the police. The specialized knowledge and functions of police officers form key elements in the implementation of the ISSP, and are widely welcomed by other professionals in ISSP teams and YOTs. References