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New chief probation officer appointed for Kent, Surrey and Sussex

25 July 2018

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) - the agency responsible for supervising low and medium risk offenders in the region - today announces the appointment of a new chief probation officer.

Manjinder Purewal will oversee KSS CRC’s frontline operations and is also tasked with further raising probation standards. Manjinder will lead a drive to professionalise the service through strengthened training and support for the region’s practitioners and enhanced sharing of evidence-based practice.

After qualifying as a probation officer in 1996, Manjinder held various operational and training roles across the country before rising to become chief executive officer for Warwickshire and West Mercia community rehabilitation company in 2013. Most recently she has led work sponsored by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset to reform the way black, Asian and minority ethnic people are treated by criminal justice agencies in the wake of the Lammy review in 2017. 

Manjinder takes up the role of chief probation officer on 1 November 2018 and will report directly to KSS CRC chief executive officer, Suki Binning. In the coming weeks, KSS CRC will also reintroduce the roles of deputy chief probation officer, assistant chief probation officer and assistant chief officer to reflect the service’s probation identity, values and tradition.

KSS CRC chief executive officer, Suki Binning, said:

“This appointment underlines our commitment to invest in probation services in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to support our efforts to turn offenders away from crime. Manjinder has an excellent track record and I am thrilled that she has chosen to return to work in probation in our region. 

“As a service we can be proud of the impact that good probation work has on offenders, their families and communities. But as other sectors and industries become increasingly data-led and evidence-based, we also need to develop our practice further and focus on continued professional development.

“We have re-established the chief probation officer role for Kent, Surrey and Sussex to lead our professionalisation agenda and I look forward to working with Manjinder so that we continue to play our part in making our region one of the safest to live and work anywhere in the country.”

KSS CRC chief probation officer, Manjinder Purewal, said:

“I am delighted to be joining KSS CRC, which has retained core probation public service values while championing new approaches to reducing reoffending such as setting up the new research unit to test, trial and develop best practice.

“KSS CRC has an excellent reputation within the probation service and I am proud to have been appointed as chief probation officer for the region to build on the excellent foundations already in place.”

At the end of 2017, KSS CRC was judged by national inspectors to be one of two of the 21 private probation companies to have a “purposeful strategy” to developing in-house training and skills and one of three they assessed as “performing well” overall.

Responsibility for managing low and medium risk offenders in the community was handed to privately owned and managed community rehabilitation companies as part of the Government’s “Transforming Rehabilitation” reform agenda.  KSS CRC is owned by Seetec, an Essex-based company, which works all over the UK to improve people’s education, skills and prospects. 

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Notes to editors

 

  1. The Kent Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd (KSS CRC) works to reduce reoffending and in so doing, improve people’s lives – potential victims as well as perpetrators of crime. We work with people who have been sentenced by a court to either custody or community supervision and who are classed as low to medium risk.

 

  1. KSS CRC is part of the Seetec Group, a private limited company.  While the KSS CRC is a separate business in its own right, the management function within Seetec’s Justice Division takes an active role in working with the KSS CRC to deliver probation services in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. For further information, please see http://ksscrc.co.uk

 

  1. The public sector National Probation Service works with high risk offenders.

 

  1. KSS CRC works across Kent, Surrey and Sussex’s 35 council areas through a network of 16 offices and serves a population of more than four million.

 

  1. KSS CRC’s ownership transferred from the Ministry of Justice to privately-owned Seetec Group on 1 February 2015 as part of the Government’s probation reforms in England and Wales.

 

  1. For more information please contact Michael Baker at Eterna Partners on michael.baker@eternapartners.com or +44 (0)7782 398418.

 

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