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REVISED TARGETS FOR REFERENCE NO:


DTTO/DRR COMPLETIONS 2005-06 61/2005

ISSUE DATE:
PURPOSE
11 August 2005
To inform areas of the final DTTO/DRR completion targets for Performance
Target 11 in 2005-06.
IMPLEMENTATION DATE:
ACTION Immediate
Areas are asked to work towards the revised targets given in the appendix.
EXPIRY DATE:
SUMMARY 31 March 2006
PC58/2004 informed areas of the indicative targets for 2005-06. These (as
all area targets) were based on the 2005-06 budget allocation. However, TO:
discussions have been ongoing with regards to finding a fairer way of Chairs of Probation Boards
distributing the national target in light of the variation in the actual number of Chief Officers of Probation
commencements achieved by individual areas in 2004-05. Secretaries of Probation Boards

The indicative completion targets have been revised to acknowledge the fact CC:
that some areas would have struggled to meet their target owing to their Board Treasurers
relatively low number of commencements achieved last year. There were Regional Managers
10,323 commencements in England and Wales in 2004-05. The 2005-06
target is for 4,000 completions. This gives a completion rate of 38.75% AUTHORISED BY:
nationally. (The NPS achieved a completion rate of 36% last year against a
Roger McGarva, Head of Regions
target of 35%.) It has been decided that a more equitable way of allocating and Performance Management
the area DTTO/DRR completion target is to apply the 38.75% completion
rate to each area’s total commencements last year. The results of this
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approach are shown in the appendix. Whilst we appreciate that, for some
N/A
areas, this will mean more completions than had been planned for, it will
mean areas are working towards more equitable completion targets in
percentage terms. Without the amendment, areas with a relatively low actual
number of DTTO commencements last year would have to achieve a higher
percentage of completions to hit their numerical completion target for 2005-
06. Variation in completion rates between areas was an issue of concern to
the National Audit Office and it is envisaged the final targets will help address
this inconsistency.

RELEVANT PREVIOUS PROBATION CIRCULARS


PC58/2004 – Area Business Plans 2005-06

CONTACT FOR ENQUIRIES


Ed.Stradling@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk (020 7217 0758)

National Probation Directorate


Horseferry House, Dean Ryle Street, London, SW1P 2AW
Commencements

Whilst the DTTO/DRR target for 2005-06 relates to completions, it is important that areas do all they can to maximise
commencements. The NPD will be monitoring commencements closely and reserve the right to include a
commencements measure in the weighted scorecard if there is evidence of a dip in performance.

A number of developments should enable areas to increase their commencements if they are not already achieving their
target figure:

• The DRR has widened the target criteria, enabling the order to be made for lower levels of offence seriousness
than was the case with the DTTO. There is some evidence that courts are supportive of this option with 49 out of
244 DRRs in April and May being made as stand alone requirements.

• We have been working closely with colleagues in the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) and they are
increasingly supportive of the view that DIP should be a route into statutory treatment and that there should be no
‘competition’ for cases.

• Many Prolific and other Priority Offenders (PPOs) will be suitable for a Community Order with a DRR. Recent
data shows that the majority of PPOs are being given a community sentence. The new Community Order means
that offenders can be subject to intensive interventions which include a DRR.

Detailed guidance to areas on maximising commencements and completions is to be issued shortly by the NPD
Interventions Unit. It will include advice on commissioning, targeting and working with DIP. Interventions are also
planning to run some seminars in the autumn to assist areas with strategies for meeting commencement and completion
numbers.

Numbers of offenders on DTTOs/DRR are increasing. Data shows that whilst we are only at about 75% of the trajectory
for commencements this year, more orders have been made than at the same time last year. We know, however, that
there are offenders on the case load who are not being properly considered for this option. DTTOs can be effective in
reducing offending and all eligible offenders must be considered for this option. As stated above, consideration is being
given to re introducing commencements into the Weighted Scorecard from October if performance against profile has not
improved by then. In the meantime, areas with particular difficulties with the targets/measures can contact their Regional
Manager and the NPD Drug and Alcohol Interventions Manager for further advice.

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Appendix

Area DTTO/DRR Targets 2005-06

Area 2004-05 2005-06


commence- Completions
ments 1
Target
Avon & Somerset 246 95
Bedfordshire 102 40
Cambridgeshire 70 27
Cheshire 129 50
Cumbria 53 21
Derbyshire 169 65
Devon & Cornwall 162 63
Dorset 116 45
Durham 97 38
Dyfed-Powys 101 39
Essex 202 78
Gloucestershire 74 29
Greater Manchester 735 285
Gwent 170 66
Hampshire 188 73
Hertfordshire 126 49
Humberside 256 99
Kent 228 88
Lancashire 351 136
Leicestershire 228 88
Lincolnshire 106 41
London East 401 155
London North 505 196
London South 450 174
London West 414 160
Merseyside 393 152
Norfolk 111 43
North Wales 103 40
North Yorkshire 127 49
Northamptonshire 136 53
Northumbria 289 112
Nottinghamshire 224 87
South Wales 223 86
South Yorkshire 332 129
Staffordshire 187 72
Suffolk 80 31
Surrey 94 36
Sussex 249 96
Teesside 148 57
Thames Valley 341 132
Warwickshire 71 28
West Mercia 191 74
West Midlands 657 255
West Yorkshire 614 238
Wiltshire 74 29
England & Wales 10323 4000

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Based on 38.75% of 2004-05 area commencements

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