Successful arson prevention programme scoops High Sherrif award

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The Hampshire High Sheriff Community Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition given to public servants, individual volunteers or community groups based in Hampshire, who are making a significant contribution to their communities, and have gone “above and beyond” in doing so. The focus of the awards is on public servants, individuals or groups working on law and order and community justice related projects, with a particular emphasis on those that enhance safety and/or social cohesion in our local communities.

The Firesetters' Integrated Responsive Educational Programme (FIRE-P) is a Hampshire awareness programme that educates individuals on the hazards and dangers of fire, as well as addressing attitudes towards firesetting amongst offenders. FIRE-P was established by Shane Blampied from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service, with research support from Dr Dominic Pearson of the University of Portsmouth.   This demonstrated that it is a unique and effective programme - none of the convicted arsonists that have completed the programme in Hampshire have committed further offences of arson.  FIRE-P is now being expanded to other areas of the UK. Both Shane and Dominic have invested much personal time and effort into the programme - it is testament to their personal commitment that the programme is where it is today.

Period23 Mar 2023

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