Cumbria Police’s new measures to deal with sex offenders and violent offenders

CUMBRIA Constabulary is highlighting its invisible policing work to protect vulnerable people in the community.

Under the MOSOVO (Management of Sex Offenders and Violent Offenders) programme, a specialized department within the Public Protection Unit, a robust and complex management of registered sex offenders and violent criminals will be carried out.

Comprised of police officers, detectives and police staff investigators, they are responsible for the robust and complex management of Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) and Violent Offenders (VOs) in the community.

MOSOVO works closely with colleagues in the probation service and performs a range of tasks in partnership to ensure public safety and manage the activity of offenders during their reintegration into society.

Michelle Skeer, Chief of Gendarmerie, is the National Police Chiefs Council Lead for MOSOVO.

All registered sex offenders managed by MOSOVO are subject to the below notification requirements by law, as long as they remain registerable.

  • Must notify police of name and address within three days of being convicted or cautioned for a relevant sexual offense
  • Must inform the police of any name or address change within three days of the change
  • Must notify police of any address they are staying at for seven days or more
  • Must confirm contact information annually even if there is no change
  • Must notify police if they have been in a home with a child for more than 12 hours
  • Must register passport, bank and national insurance details
  • Must notify police of any planned overseas travel.

Failure to comply with these conditions is a separate criminal offense punishable by imprisonment for up to five years.

Cumbria Police Offender Managers rigorously monitor an offender’s activity and compliance with their reporting requirements. Breaches are taken seriously.

Last year in Cumbria, 17 offenders managed by MOSOVO were warned or convicted for failing to comply with an element of their agreed notification requirements.

Detective Inspector Martin Hodgson said: ‘MOSOVO officers are highly skilled and skilled, but they also take pride and responsibility in the management of the offenders in their care. It is rewarding to be able to help keep the public safe.

“It may surprise the public to hear the level of thorough management an offender receives in order to break the cycle and stop re-offending.”

“The level of oversight required is not a job that can be done by a single department. It is only with providers from all aspects of a person’s life involved and providing information to MAPPA that we can so effectively manage our offenders.

“Our partner agencies help us make recidivism both difficult and unattractive.”

“There are offenders who violate the terms of their court order or their notification requirements, but they are monitored so closely that when we find out, we send that offender back to court.”

“Fortunately, the majority of offenders under MOSOVO do not re-offend.”

Lisa Thornton, Probation Manager, Cumbria, said: ‘The partnership work between police, probation and other critical agencies in Cumbria is impressive in its approach and culture. Teams work cohesively and collaboratively, to unite their work to protect the public and to ensure that the people we supervise are robustly managed upon release and supported to engage in meaningful rehabilitation.

“We benefit from a network of police and probation colleagues who understand their role in protecting the public and diligently carry out their responsibilities in partnership. This campaign, which highlights the work of these teams, is positive because it allows the public to see the work we do to protect them. »

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: ‘The work being done by the Constabulary and its partners to continuously monitor sex and violent offenders is extremely important to keeping the public safe.

“Public safety and the safety of those who have been victims of this type of offenders is the main priority of the gendarmerie and of me as PCC.

“Each case is handled appropriately and is tailored to each offender, which is very reassuring as each individual poses a different risk.

“This is invisible policing at its best, keeping our streets safe comes in many different formats and it’s a great example of the work being done away from the public eye – it’s not Just because you don’t see an officer on the street doesn’t mean they aren’t working hard to protect us.

“As Commissioner of Police and Crime, putting victims first is one of my top priorities and I urge anyone who is the victim of a crime of any kind to contact one of the many services mandated in Cumbria.

“Victim Support can provide information and advice on all types of crime and refer people to appropriate and expert services that specifically deal with sex crimes.

“Help is available – you are not alone.”

Follow the link for more information on the recent conviction of a man who breached his SHPO: Great Clifton man jailed for breaching a sexual abuse protection order – Cumbria Constabulary.