Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson heard about vital work being done by the probation service to disrupt two violent gangs in South Sefton when he met staff from Sefton Probation service.
Bill was told how probation staff require young gang members to meet their probation officer nearly every day including home visits, all of which makes it much harder for them to re-offend.
The work of the probation team was crucial in the recent arrest of one robber, who was picked up the same day as the robbery because of the work of the probation team.
Bill met Kathy Felton-Aksoy and Joy Keenan, the team manager of the Bootle probation office.
He said: “I was very impressed by the work done by the probation service in Sefton including the team who work with offenders who are on licence.
"By targeting the offenders, who are mostly very young, the probation service can either help them stop offending or if they do commit further crimes make sure they are picked up by the police straight away, as we saw only the other week with the high profile robbery.
"The probation staff and police work closely together and Sefton Council plays its part in providing staff for the team. I hope that this very effective approach continues.
"Sefton was the first place in the country to target prolific offenders in this way and the approach was so successful that it was copied across the country.
"Sefton probation has won many awards for its approach and I am determined that they should have the money and staff they need to continue. The cuts in council services by the government and cuts in the civil service are a very real worry as probation and police are vital in tackling gangs in South Sefton.
"It would be very short-sighted if the cuts meant there were fewer staff available to target the gangs and disrupt their activity. Sixty per cent of crimes are committed by 1% of criminals so it is essential that time and effort is spent on the most dangerous and persistent offenders.”
The MP also visited the Merseyside probation officers in Waterloo and heard about work being done to help offenders into work and work with sex offenders.