Electronic Monitoring England and Wales
Serco Electronic Monitoring England and Wales holds contracts with the Ministry of Justice covering 40% of the country, including the West Midlands, Wales, London and Eastern England. Since 1999 more than 355,000 people have passed through our monitoring system and at August 2012 we were monitoring over 9,000 people.
The main form of monitoring used is tagging which involves an individual wearing a tag around their ankle or wrist. This tag transmits a signal that is received by a monitoring unit placed in the person's premises. The monitoring unit then relays information back to our monitoring centre via mobile phone technology similar to a text message. The tag provides restriction on an individual's liberty including the boundaries and also hours in the day in which a person is monitored, all without the need for custodial measures.
We have a dedicated team that investigates every violation of curfew thoroughly and reports to the relevant authority.
There are a number of different types of curfew order that can be employed at every stage of the criminal justice system including:
- Curfew as a condition of bail: Electronic Tagging can be ordered by the court as a condition of bail.
- Curfew as a community punishment for adults and juveniles: Tagging can be the only punishment imposed by a court, or it can be combined with other measures such as unpaid work or attending a rehabilitative course or drug treatment.
- Home detention curfew: for offenders released early from prison.
As well as monitoring and enforcing orders we also aim to educate and provide training for members of the judiciary that work with persons subject to a curfew order. We have a dedicated liaison team of Service Delivery Officers that are available to provide training to external agencies.
Should you require any further information regarding Electronic Monitoring in England and Wales please call:
Tel: 08080 965124 and ask for your local Service Delivery Officer (SDO)
Or email SDO@serco.com
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