Praise for staff who cut crime

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PRISON and probation workers will be recognised for their efforts to cut re-offending.

Three prison officers and two probation officers have won 2012 Nepacs Awards for their achievements, after showing initiative and dedication.

The awards, being presented today at Lumley Castle, in Chester-le-Street, are run by Nepacs, the Durham-based charity.

The winners include Mick Hogg, a seconded prison officer with Sunderland Integrated Offender Management Team; Linda Hind, a Durham Tees Valley probation officer seconded as offender manager at HMP and YOI Low Newton in Durham and her colleague Julie McShane, who works with families to address issues.

Paul Brett, diversity manager for HMP Northumberland, and Jeff Lawton, a co-ordinator for Veterans in Custody at HMP Kirklevington are also honoured.

More than 30 staff and volunteers in North East prisons and support services will also receive highly commended certificates.

They include the Prison Library Team of Durham County Council Library Service for developing reading and learning projects and a probation team support group for women offenders in Peterlee.