A co-ordinator has been appointed to take forward the work of the Orkney Community Justice Partnership.
Allana Bell will serve as Community Justice Planning, Performance and Information Office for the partnership.
Formed as a requirement of the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016, the Orkney Community Justice Partnership brings together a wide range of locally and nationally based organisations.
These include the Police, Courts, Procurators Fiscal, Scottish Prison Service, Fire Service, Skills Development Scotland, NHS Orkney, Orkney Islands Council and the Third Sector.
These agencies have signed up to an agreed local plan to support, manage and supervise people who have committed offences, from arrest, through prosecution, sentence and reintegration.
The aim is to prevent and reduce further offending and the harm that it causes, by promoting desistance from offending, social inclusion and citizenship.
Inspector Keith Bendall of Police Scotland, Orkney, who is Vice Chair of the Orkney Community Justice Partnership, said:
“The Orkney Community Justice Partnership has drawn national praise for producing a comprehensive local Community Justice Needs Assessment.
“Allana will be helping us to drive this agenda forward, blending academic experience as a graduate in criminology, with extensive experience in customer service and youth mentoring roles, in a post that is funded by the Scottish Government.”
The local Community Justice Needs Assessment can be viewed in summary and in full on the Partnership’s recently-updated website.