Public Protection Department

Public Protection Officers are responsible for the daily management of potentially dangerous persons, registered sex offenders, and other sex offenders residing within the county.

The risks posed to the public by dangerous persons (both convicted and un-convicted) can never be completely eliminated but responsible authorities need to take all reasonable action to keep risk to a minimum.

The management of these offenders is undertaken by the way of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). This is a process through which the police, probation and prison services work together with other agencies to manage the risks posed by violent and sexual offenders living in the community in order to protect the public.

MAPPA contributes to better identification and management of these offenders. This partnership approach is crucial and is extremely effective in reducing the risk posed by dangerous offenders as well as contributing to improved protection for the public.

Representatives from these services share information about offenders and regularly meet to discuss how they should be managed. They also draw the expertise and services of other authorities included in MAPPA, such as Children and Young People Services, Adult and Community Services, Housing, Health Trusts, Mental Health and Victim Support.

MAPPA is all about protecting the public. All MAPPA meetings will identify who could be at risk from an offender and how these people can be protected.