JIBC grad helps end the cycle of crime for repeat offenders

Photo of Lindsay Gordon courtesy of the RCMP

Sgt. Darren Michels and Lindsey Gordon chat about prolific offenders in the Kamloops area. (Photo courtesy of the RCMP)

 

Staff from our Corrections and Court Services Division recently flagged a story from the RCMP’s Gazette Magazine about an innovative approach to reducing crimes committed by the most prolific offenders in Kamloops.

The city’s “prolific offender management group” (POM) includes Lindsay Gordon, manager of the Kamloops probation office. JIBC’s Adult Probation program instructor Jennifer Turner noted that Gordon has been an integral part of the Kamloops Community Corrections Office since completing her probation officer training at JIBC in 1999. Gordon became the local manager in 2011, and Turner credits her for promoting new initiatives that better serve clients and the community.

RCMP invited Gordon’s office to join POM in 2007. Turner says that the initiative has been well received in the community and is a great example of increased partner relationships and information sharing among local criminal justice agencies. POM is successful, Turner says, because it focuses time and resources on those clients that present the highest risk to reoffend.

The Gazette Magazine story, by Mallory Procunier, is titled “Once they were lost, now they are found.”

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Story by Richard Chu

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