Checkpoint Offender Management

Randomised Control Trial Status


Trial Hypothesis

​Does Checkpoint reduce re-offending rates over a 24 month period when compared to conventional criminal justice routes?

Geographical area

​County Durham and Darlington (Durham Constabulary force area).

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Cambridge

In Collaboration With

Durham Constabulary

Contact Name

John Cooper

Project Start Date

April 2016

Participants - inclusion criteria

  • ​Over 18
  • living in Country Durham or Darlington
  • not under supervision from any statutory agency
  • eligible offence
  • no denial in interview
  • not on police or court bail for any outstanding matters
  • Offence(s) committed in Country Durham or Darlington plus forecasting model assignment.

Target Sample Size

​800.  400 treatment and 400 control.

Study Design

​A randomised control trial comparing the treatment cohort (Checkpoint) against the control cohort (traditional criminal disposals).


​Intervention provided by statutory and third sector agencies based around the offending pathways:

  • alcohol
  • drugs
  • housing
  • mental health
  • sexual exploitation (victim)
  • physical health
  • finances
  • employment and
  • relationships.

Outcome Measures

​Positive disposals from Police custody recorded on PNC: 24 month follow-up period continues until April 2020.

Summary of Findings

​Findings will form the basis of a PhD and will be published when available.

Date due for completion

April 2018

Date last updated

Tuesday 31 July 2018
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