How E-CINS has Become a Strategic Platform in Northants

by Simon Clifford, Director of Technology and Digital Transformation at Northamptonshire’s Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and Data Sharing Lead – County E-CINS Board Northamptonshire is fully committed to data sharing with its partners to reduce harm and increase public safety. It uses E-CINS as a strategic platform to support this, and would welcome[…]

Thank you for supporting 10 years of Empowering-Communities

It was the year of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the rebuilt Wembley Stadium opened to the public for the first time and Celebrity Big Brother was launched on Channel 4.  2007 was also the year that Empowering-Communities was founded by CEO Gary Pettengell, following a successful 20 year career involved in[…]

National 
E-CINS Forum and Working Groups Launched

Several schemes and users have identified the need for a National E-CINS Forum and I am now in the process of setting one up. I have listed some of the areas of business E-CINS is used to manage below. It therefore makes sense to have a number of working groups under the Forum umbrella. Each working group can[…]

Restorative Justice Approaches in Northants

In 2014, Northamptonshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner commissioned a project to develop and deliver restorative approaches across the county, linked to a vision of Northamptonshire working towards being a restorative county by 2018. The service is being delivered by Restorative Solutions CIC a leading provider of RJ training and project management in[…]

Strategic and User Group Meetings

E-CINS in Northants is currently governed by a Strategic Meeting but to facilitate with the operation of E-CINS across county a User Group was introduced with the following aims: Ensure E-CINS is used as the primary ASB case management system across the partnership as per ASB Countywide Strategy. Increase the use of E-CINS within organisations[…]

Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership Awarded for Outstanding Work

Last month I attended a national awards ceremony in London with the Sussex Restorative Justice partnership (SRJP) and was delighted when they won an award for their outstanding work in Sussex. Restorative Justice is a voluntary process facilitated by qualified practitioners, bringing together a victim and offender with the aim of repairing some of the[…]

Why Equal Input is Key to Success

Nottinghamshire is one year in to a two-year project to prove the benefits of E-CINS within six defined workstream areas across the county: • Vulnerable Persons Panels, dealing with a critical few who are the most vulnerable in the county; • Anti Social Behaviour; • Victim Support; • Restorative Justice; • Integrated Offender Management. •[…]

Increasing Efficiencies in Restorative Justice

by Elize Manning, Restorative Justice Co-ordinator, Sussex Police Sussex Police has halved the average number of days it takes to progress restorative justice cases from referral to finalisation since introducing the Empowering-Communities Inclusion and Neighbourhood management System (E-CINS) information- sharing database. Before E-CINS, the Sussex Police restorative justice coordinators collated information about cases on their[…]

E-CINS working groups and the importance of showcasing best practice

by Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, Sussex Police Headquarters and PS Melanie Locke, Force Wide Partnership for E-CINS, Neighbourhood Policing Branch, Sussex Police E-CINS Working Groups are becoming increasingly popular with a number of counties now holding them frequently. Sussex were one of the first to recognise the benefits and have been instrumental in advising other[…]

You could save 1 hour per referral with the E-CINS Electronic Referral Forms and Custom Cases

This pioneering technology saves time and money for those involved in producing referrals and improves accuracy and service delivery to both agencies and customers. It can be used for any area of business and any hard copy or electronic referral forms can be adapted to work in this way. For example IOM, Troubled Families, MARAC,[…]

Speaker Summaries: Martin Steventon – Sergeant, Staffordshire Police with Richard Bell, Resettlement Officer – HMP Stafford

Martin Steventon – “As one of the Deputy Managers in the IOM programme we focus on serious inquisitive criminals. We’ve been using E-CINS for 2 years and now manage approx 720 serious criminals on the system.  On a daily basis all information that comes in from our police and partner systems is put on to E-CINS[…]

Focus on: Staffordshire RJ Victim Support

Empowering-Communities’ Heather Ette spoke to Libby Nock, Victim Support Restorative Justice Co-ordinator, Staffordshire HE: What is the main role of RJ in Staffordshire, is it a police led programme and how does it make a difference to victims, perpetrators and society as a whole? LN: RJ is about bringing victims and offenders into communication, to[…]

Restorative Justice

Issue:  Staffordshire is one of the National Pilot sites for the roll out of Neighbourhood Resolution Panels (NRPs). Staffordshire wanted a system to enable them to make referrals and record restorative justice interventions in one place that would be accessible by all relevant staff and agencies involved in the programme. Approach: Neighbourhood Resolution Panels are[…]

Restorative Justice: a Definition

Restorative justice (also sometimes called reparative justice) is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community. Instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for[…]