The Divert Project sees Police Support Volunteers meeting with people aged 18 to 25 who are in police custody. They discuss education, training or employment opportunities that might be suitable for the detainee when they leave custody. Detainees that show interest are referred to relevant partner agencies which can provide further support.
The aim of the project is get offenders to change their behaviour, to reduce the likelihood of them returning to police custody.
The project offers potentially life-changing opportunities for offenders – and Police Service Volunteers are key to its success. Without their input, many young people would miss these valuable opportunities.
The results speak for themselves. Divert volunteers and staff helped find employment for more than 50 out of 220 people they saw in custody. The project has also helped reduce re-offending rates by over 20% among those seen by the team.