Students Learn About The Probation Service

Thu, 09/11/2000 - 00:00

A manager with the National Probation Service recently visited a local college to help explain to students what the service does and the important role it plays within this country’s Criminal Justice Service.

Andrew Bake, a Probation Manager with the Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust, visited East Durham College to meet a group of second year Uniformed Public Services students.

Andrew, who has over 20 years service with the Probation Service, told the students about the wide range of duties, responsibilities and challenges the service deals with. From assessing offenders, put proposals to the court to monitoring and managing offenders.

The students learned about Community Sentences, Community Orders, Supervision, Suspended Sentence Orders, Release on Licence, Alcohol Treatment Requirements, Recall to Custody and much more.

“The key role of the service is to protect the public and to help offenders to change. It’s a role with not insignificant responsibilities, powers and indeed pressure. Probation Officers and Offender Manager make judgements on a daily basis on the probability of the risk of re-offending or the risk of causing harm,” explained Andrew.

Gill Draper, a Lecturer in Uniformed Public Services at the College, said: “The students have done quite a lot of work on the criminal justice system and have recently studied the possible sentences the courts can give offenders.

“We are very fortunate that the Probation Service were able to come in to the College to help the students understand the part they play in offender management. Andrew was really able to bring the topic to life and get across the incredibly difficult and important job they do.”

The students found the talk both interesting and informative. Student Sam Dixon, aged 17, from South Hetton, added: “It’s been a very interesting morning, I now have a lot better understanding of the probation service.”