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20 October 2010, 06:00
Stickers are being put up in shops and chemists around Peterborough to remind prisoners who have recently been released from jail not to re-offend.
It's hoped the stickers [pictured - above right] will will also remind ex-inmates there is help available if they need support.
The scheme has been put together by the One Service and the Safer Peterborough Partnership.
All male prisoners who have served a short sentence and are leaving prison in Peterborough are being told about the stickers.
Janette Powell, reducing reoffending director for Social Finance, which is also involved in the scheme, said: "Homelessness and unemployment is common amongst prison leavers and a return to illegal behaviour is tempting when you are released.
Many prisoners are ex-service personnel or have been in care and they often don’t know how to access the help that is available.
These stickers will help them get the help they need."
In a similar way to Neighbourhood Watch stickers, the One Service stickers are aimed at reminding people that the community is working together to reduce crime.
People who are trying to turn their lives around but feel they need support can go to a place displaying the sticker.
They will then be given information about how to contact the One Service.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Goose, SaferPeterborough partnership strategy manager said: "The partnership completely supports this initiative.
The One Project supplements our work in aiming to make real tangible and sustainable reductions in offending and crime.
As a police officer my core role is to prevent crime and disorder. I personally give this scheme my unequivocal support."