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City of London Police launch new unit to prevent previously convicted criminals from re-offending

The City of London Police have today (Friday 10 May 2019) announced the launch of their new Lifetime Offender Management unit (LOM). The unit has been developed to deliver on the force’s commitment to increasing disruption of Serious and Organised Crime (SOC).

The LOM unit is designed to make it as difficult as possible for offenders to return to a life of crime when they are released from prison. It ensures the safety of our communities but also helps with the rehabilitation of previously convicted criminals.

One of the roles of the unit is to issue prevention orders to individuals who have recently been released from prison. These orders can restrict their communications, travel, and business dealings, amongst other things, when justified in disrupting their ability to return to crime.

These orders are not issued to every person who is released from jail. Instead, they are focused towards those who are most likely to reoffend (high-risk) or those whose crimes could cause serious harm if they did reoffend (high-harm).

The unit is also responsible for monitoring those with prevention orders served against them and ensuring the individual’s compliance.

Detective Constable Lee Drury, from the City of London Police’s Lifetime Offender Management Unit, said:

“The police service as a whole is very focused on pursuing criminals, but once charged, there can be a tendency to leave the management of these offenders to the courts, prison, and probation service while we move on to the next investigation.

“Our new unit will maintain the management of offenders through the judicial cycle and beyond. It will identify and enforce tactical opportunities to deter future criminality from occurring, which in turn protects members of the public and also prevents previous offenders from continuing to benefit from a life of crime.”  

Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs) form part of the Serious Crime Act 2015 and have been available to courts since March 2016.

SCPOs can last for up to 5 years once they come into effect.

The SCPOs issued by the City of London Police will be accessible to the public via our website.

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