Community Payback App

Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust has created an app that allows the public to identify Community Payback work for criminals. Last year, over 612,000 hours of Community Payback were completed across Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

With the new Get Community Payback app, users can take a photo of a problem area and send it directly to their local Probation Trust. The app will give pictures an exact geographical reference, and if the work is suitable for offenders to do, notify the person submitting the photo when the work has been done.

Community Payback projects include litter picking, clearing dense undergrowth, repairing and redecorating community centres and removing graffiti. It is hoped the new app will allow residents to engage in decision-making and make the punishment and rehabilitation of offenders more visible and meaningful to their community.

Click here to download the Get Community Payback app (please note the app only works on Android phones for now). To be considered for Community Payback, a project must meet the following criteria:

  • It must benefit the local community
  • It must not take paid work away from others
  • No-one must make a profit from the work
  • It must be challenging and demanding
  • It must be worthwhile and constructive
  • Offenders must be seen to be putting something back into the community

If you do not have a smartphone, you can still suggest a project by calling the Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust on 0121 248 2688 or visit www.SWMprobation.gov.uk.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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