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Priority offenders are persistent reoffenders who cycle through the Criminal Justice System time and time again.
The key component of the Priority Offender reform is Local Coordinated Multiagency offender management (LCM). LCM aims to improve community safety by reducing the risk of reoffending through police monitoring and better coordination of services identified to help stabilise a selected priority offender.
In NSW it is estimated that a small group of offenders are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime (eight percent are responsible for 19 per cent of NSW crime). This group is known as priority offenders.
International and local evidence demonstrated that coordinated and prioritised access to interventions, alongside police monitoring, can help reduce reoffending rates. In response, LCM has been designed to target priority offenders. It is funded by the Department of Justice for four years (2016 to 2020) to operate in ten sites across NSW.
LCM brings together four government agencies
Working collaboratively, the agencies jointly select and manage a small number of priority offenders residing in the community. This includes arranging access to interventions to help reduce a participant's risk of reoffending and improve community safety.
Sharing information, resources and expertise across the four agencies allows LCM to be more efficient in identifying suitable interventions and address challenges impeding service delivery.
LCM commenced in three sites in September 2017 (Liverpool, Parramatta and Dubbo). A service review was completed in May 2018 and informed a decision to expand the program.
Two sites commenced in December 2018: Campbelltown and Wollongong. Additional sites will be introduced in 2019, including:
Local LCM coordinators
Contact us about CSNSW Reforms by emailing CSNSWreform@justice.nsw.gov.au