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New Flagships projects to target crime and reoffending are being rolled out in Papakura, Hamilton and the East Coast.

The Frontline Flagships Programme is seeing staff from NZ Police, Department of Corrections, Ministry of Justice and Child Youth and Family in these areas work together on eight initiatives focused on supporting victims, reducing crime and re-offending, and assisting those impacted by crime in their area.

Each of the three areas have identified initiatives that focus on particular problems in their communities; such as alcohol in Papakura; reintegration of youth offenders in Hamilton; and family violence on the East Coast. The purpose of the Flagship projects is finding local solutions to local problems.

Although each region has its own set of initiatives there are common themes across the three: addressing family violence, improved joint case management, better service delivery, drivers licensing and youth crime. 

The Flagship areas are supported by National Office staff in Wellington who provide advice and guidance to the projects and help address any barriers the Flagship areas encounter.

The Frontline Flagships Programme was developed from a similar initiative - the Hutt Valley Innovation Project - piloted in the Hutt Valley between December 2012 and September 2013.

There is now greater access to restorative justice, improvements in the family violence court, initiatives targeting the drivers of crime and coordinated support of high risk families in the area in the Hutt Valley.  There are also fewer new cases are being managed by the District Court and the time taken to progress cases before the Court prisoner numbers are also decreasing.  

Due to the success of the Hutt Valley model it was tailored to fit these three new areas.

This project is part of the sustained momentum from the justice sector on reducing crime and re-offending and keeping communities safe. 

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