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Crime-cutting drive 'saved public £11.6m'

By Staff Reporter

A criminal justice project reduced offending rates among Northern Ireland's most prolific criminals by more than 70% last year, a new study has found.

The reduced crime levels saved the public purse £11.6m, it was claimed.

According to a report on the Reducing Offending in Partnership (ROP) programme, "for every £1 spent on the project an economic benefit of £2.20 is generated in the form of reduced economic costs of crime".

The research findings are based on analysis involving 112 priority offenders on the ROP programme. The study found reductions in burglary, criminal damage, theft and violence against a person.

ROP, which is made up of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, the PSNI, the Youth Justice Agency, Northern Ireland Prison Service and the Department of Justice, targets interventions at the most prolific offenders.

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