One national Halt organisation
The Halt organisations will be restructured as of 1 January 2013. The number of Halt organisations will be reduced from 17 to 1. This increase in scale should lead to a reduction in costs, the formation of a decisive sector and increased unity and uniformity in the manner in which Halt measures are implemented. This is written today by State Secretary Teeven of Security and Justice in a letter to the Lower House.
Working in the region
The Halt organisation will be structured on the basis of representation in ten police regions. The police are a major Halt partner, as 80 percent of Halt referrals originate with the police. In addition, Halt will work closely together with the safety houses. The ten regions will be managed by four regional managers and one general director. The starting point is that Halt will work in the region. "Halt carries out the work where it arises."
The Halt sector has experienced explosive growth since its formation in 1981. At its peak the sector consisted of some sixty organisations. A first step towards an increase in scale was made in the period 2005-2006 and there are now, in the year 2012, seventeen Halt organisations. The number of Halt referrals decreased strongly from 2007, from 23,341 in 2007 to 16,526 in 2011, an annual decrease of approximately 8 to 10 percent. This considerable decrease means that the Halt sector has wound up in financial trouble. This was the reason that Halt implemented a restructuring plan on 1 January 2013. Teeven support this restructuring wholeheartedly as it should lead to healthy business operations and a more resilient organisation. The State Secretary will speak with the 1Halt steering group concerning the further elaboration of the plans.
The Halt settlement is intended for juveniles between the ages of 12 and 18, who have been arrested for vandalism, store theft, fireworks nuisance or habitual truancy, for example. The juveniles will have the following choice: face the public prosecutor or go to the Halt organisation. Halt offers a quick, early and consistent response to the offence. The emphasis is on positive behavioural influencing and offering a behavioural alternative. Part of the approach includes offering an apology and arranging for compensation. Parents are also involved in the process of the Halt settlement.