Sobriety tags used by courts in region

Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter said he was pleased to see the scheme rolled out across all courts.
Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter said he was pleased to see the scheme rolled out across all courts.

Humberside, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (HLNY CRC) is to roll out the use of ‘sobriety tags’ across all courts in the area.

It is estimated that alcohol plays a part in 25% of all offences reported and up to 40% of domestic abuse offences in East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

The Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR) Pilot was first launched in June 2017.

The pilot, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioners for Humberside, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire, involves utilising electronic ‘sobriety tags’ as part of community based sentences.

The tags monitor the consumption of alcohol and alert case managers if an offender has been drinking.

HLNY CRC is responsible for supervising offenders under probation and ensuring they comply with orders of the court.

CRC staff have been trained to fit and maintain the sobriety tags and to complete alcohol awareness work with offenders subject to the requirement.

Becky Bailey, project manager for the HLNY AAMR Pilot, said: “There’s a cohort of offenders who are more likely to commit crime when they are under the influence of alcohol, creating more victims and harm to individuals and themselves.

“In the pilot scheme 70 offenders have been sentenced to the Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement for a range of offences including theft, drink driving and violent offences.

“To date the compliance rate has been around 90 per cent and offenders who have completed the requirement say it has had a positive impact upon their lives and helped them to reduce their use of alcohol.”

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter said: “The trial of sobriety tags in the Humberside Police area was carried out at Grimsby Court and has proved very successful. I am pleased to see the plans to roll out the scheme across all courts in our area and my office will monitor the results moving forward.”