How will you respond if a resident leaves the property without permission?
All residents will be subject to electronic monitoring as part of the conditions of their home detention sentence. This will involve wearing an ankle bracelet that will be monitored by GPS or location services.
If a resident leaves the property without permission and programme staff are immediately aware of it, they will call Police. Staff will follow the resident to monitor their location and activity wherever possible. After the resident leaves the property, an alert will be sent to staff at the GPS monitoring centre.
If a resident leaves the property without permission and programme staff are not aware of it, an alert will automatically be sent to staff at the GPS monitoring centre, who will then call the supervising probation officer. The probation officer will contact programme staff who will confirm that the resident has left the property and then call Police.
In both situations, Police will work with the GPS monitoring centre to track the location of the resident and apprehend them.
Programme staff will be trained in de-escalation techniques and will follow the resident wherever possible. However, no programme staff will have any legal authority to restrain or detain residents if they leave the property.
Based on the existing Tai Aroha programme, we expect situations where residents leave the property without permission to be infrequent. In the ten years that Tai Aroha has operated, there have only been eleven incidents where residents have left without permission and no member of the public or staff has been physically harmed in these.
What consequences will a resident face if they leave without permission?
Any unapproved exit from the property will be a breach of the resident’s home detention conditions and will be taken extremely seriously.
Any breach that includes threat or harm to a member of the community will result in the resident being removed immediately from the programme. Less significant breaches will result in an immediate review of the resident’s participation in the programme and will usually result in them being removed.
If the resident is removed from the programme, they will return to court and could face further prosecution and have their sentence amended.
Public safety is our top priority, and we will not allow anyone to reside at the property if we are not sure that we can safely manage any risk to the community.
What is a 'high risk offender', and will they be eligible to participate in the programme?
In this context, ‘high risk’ does not refer to somebody’s risk to the safety of the public. It refers to someone who we determine to be at high risk of being sentenced to prison in the future as a result of reoffending.
The eligibility criteria of the programme requires residents to be considered at high risk of reoffending. Men with significant untreated mental health issues will not be eligible to participate in the programme.
Public safety is our top priority and we will not refer anyone to the programme if we consider that their risk to the community cannot be safely managed.