The High Sheriff was invited to attend this forum where Celia Cundale JP, chair of the Herefordshire Forum introduced two speakers from the National Probation Service (NPS) and the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC).
The Police gave an update on the context of violent crime in Hereford City. Sadly drugs are a big driver.
CRC gave a presentation on the RESOLVE programme to address violent behaviour. Information on this programme can be found at this link as part of broader information on the Programmes and Services available for offenders in the West Mercia region including Herefordshire.
Much of the forum was specific to magistrates who are faced with dealing with a wide range of offences. There are many options open to try to prevent reoffending, with varying degrees of success.
1,000 years ago, the Sheriff dealt with all these issues himself and, one suspects, somewhat more crudely. Thank goodness we have moved on to a more compassionate era.