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Magistrates visit our Maidstone office to learn about KSS CRC

19 October 2016

Seven magistrates from the Central and West Kent Bench spent the day at our Maidstone office to find out more about our work first-hand.

Senior Probation Officer Heather Hook, Programmes Manager Alison Majuqwana, Community Payback Manager Jack Budgen and Senior Probation Officer Jeff Burch met with magistrates in order to develop their understanding of KSS CRC work.

The magistrates also observed one of our Community Payback projects at Haysden Country Park and met with other staff in the office to talk about how they carry out assessments and rehabilitative work.   

A magistrate said: ‘I have been a magistrate for some time and learnt so much about current delivery and what is available from this event.’

Another said: ‘I had concerns about some elements of probation being privatised and this visit has taken all my anxiety away. It was a pleasure to meet such enthusiastic, passionate people running the service.’

Senior Probation Officer Heather Hook said: ‘It is vitally important that magistrates have a good understanding of what they are sentencing people to complete. We explained how every time we meet with a service user we try to ensure they are one step closer to a crime-free life.’

The visit to our Maidstone office is the first of a series of similar events we are planning to set up with Senior Probation Officers at local offices throughout Kent, and later in Surrey and Sussex.


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