Reducing Offending in Partnership (ROP), a Northern Ireland wide approach to managing priority or prolific offenders, is using social media to raise awareness of the work they do to keep people safe.
On Wednesday, January 13th, Twitter users will be able to follow the progress of the team, which includes representative from Youth Justice Agency, Probation Board for Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Prison Service, the Department of Justice and the Police Service of Northern Ireland to find out a bit more about what they do.
Inspector David Anderson from the Police Service’s Reducing Offending Unit for North area, explains: “Sharing what we do in a live-time fashion is a great way to give the public a glimpse of the nuts and bolts workings of our team and highlight the positive outcomes of the work we do. Users can follow our progress on Twitter and if they want to know more about a certain area of work, or why we take a certain approach, then they can ask their question online.
“ROP North covers a large geographical area stretching from Strabane in the west, Coleraine, Larne, and Ballymena and then down towards Antrim and Newtownabbey, so there should be plenty going on that we can share with our followers.”
Probation Area Manager for North Antrim Janet McClinton says: “The Probation Board for Northern Ireland provides a public service every day to local communities; indeed our staff are part of the local community. PBNI’s role is to change lives for safer communities. Everything we do is about protecting the community and ensuring there are fewer victims of crime.”
Youth Justice Agency local manager Laura Totten adds: “YJA have found the Reducing Offending Partnership of huge benefit in the work of supporting young people to desist from offending and in holding them to account when necessary. It has strengthened partnership working among statutory agencies through collaboration and a multi-agency approach to addressing the risk of further offending amongst young people.”
The team will be posting from 8am on Wednesday until 5pm on the Ballymena account (@PSNIBallymena)and will be using the following hashtags for anyone who wants to follow online: #ROP #PSNI #YouthJustice #KeepingPeopleSafe