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Better justice services in the Hutt Valley lauded

Justice sector agencies are joining up with the community, local iwi and social agencies to make the Hutt Valley a safer place.

Under the umbrella of the Hutt Valley Justice Sector Innovation Project, 13 agencies are working together to collectively solve problems and respond to the changing needs of the community.

The Ministry of Justice, Police and Corrections have joined forces with the Ministry of Social Development’s Child Youth and Family and the local community to take justice to the people in innovative ways.

Over the last eight months a number of exciting new initiatives have been launched, including:

  • the Raising Achievement Across the Youth Sector (RAAYS) truancy reduction initiative which has seen a marked improvement in school attendance at eight targeted schools
  • an expanded restorative justice service, promoted at a hui involving the local justice and legal community
  • an Alternative Resolutions Iwi Panel being trialled through an innovative partnership between Te Runanganui O Taranaki Whanui, Wellington Restorative Justice Services and the Hutt Valley Police
  • Operation Relentless which features a series of short, sharp blitzes on known drivers of crime – targets to date have included alcohol, at-risk youth and family violence.
  • a Justice Sector Mobile Community Office.

“These local initiatives show a fresh approach to reducing crime and reoffending and are helping people and we’re doing this by connecting up justice sector services in the Hutt Valley,” says Ministry of Justice Deputy Chief Executive Brook Barrington. “The Hutt Valley Justice Sector Innovation Project is a great example of local operational managers working together to deliver better public services”. 

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