Lord Prescott visits Scunthorpe and heaps praise on policing partnership work
Lord Prescott - a prospective Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner - today visited Scunthorpe and praised the efforts of policing partnership work in North Lincolnshire.
Along with Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper and Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin, he paid a visit to the Shelford House Drug Interventions Programme Centre.
Lord Prescott heard about the work the partnership does, working with offenders and drug addicts to rehabilitate them, as well as providing job opportunities to help combat addiction.
Individuals involved in the scheme talked openly and honestly about the scheme and how it had benefited them.
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Lord Prescott heard about the Integrated Offender Management scheme, in which police work with offenders who commit a disproportionate number of crimes in the region.
He said: “I have been very impressed. North Lincolnshire seems to be ahead of the times with this kind of service and if I am elected I would like to see this rolled out across all parts of Humberside Police.
“Drugs in schools is something that I am particularly worried about. Around 10 per cent of children have had some contact with drugs in school and I think it is not something that we, or parents, know enough about.
“I spoke to a lady who said they had been doing this kind of thing at the church for the last 30 years and you have got Cameron (the Prime Minister) saying that this whole Big Society was his new idea.
“It is all about targeting your resources on those offenders who commit the most crimes.”
The election for the region’s first Police and Crime Commissioner in Humberside will take place on November 15.
The other candidates standing for the role are Godfrey Bloom (UKIP), Simone Butterworth (Liberal Democrats), Paul Davidson (Independent), Neil Eyre (Independent), Matthew Grove (Conservative) and Walter Sweeney (Independent).