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Probation Officer reaches finals of National Probation Awards

8 April 2016

A Guildford Probation Officer who has been commended by the police for helping to reduce acquisitive crime in the local area, has reached the finals of the 2016 National Probation Awards.

Sarah Cannon, who works with the police and other agencies to manage some of West Surrey’s most prolific individuals on the Integrated Offender Management (IOM) scheme, is one of three people shortlisted for the Working in Partnership category.

Over the last year, Sarah has received recognition on three occasions from Surrey Police for her role in helping the IOM team to achieve results.

Sarah Cannon, said: “It’s such a shock to reach the finals. Thanks to all my colleagues in KSS CRC, the police, and CGL, all of whom I couldn't do my job without and contribute to the positive outcomes we are achieving with service users in Surrey.”

The National Probation Awards were set up eight years ago to recognise the good work that probation staff perform for the public. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony later this year.

Well done Sarah and best of luck!

Photo: Sarah Cannon is pictured with a Police IOM Officer (right) and a service user (centre) she has helped on the Integrated Offender Management scheme

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