Oxfordshire bail worker Lee honoured

Lee Colton was given an award for his hard work.
Lee Colton was given an award for his hard work.

A PROBATION officer who lives near Thame and works in Oxford has been given an award for his excellent work.

Lee Colton has been acknowledged for his commitment to developing and maintaining the varied project in his role as bail accommodation support services officer for Thames Valley Probation.

Lee, whose exact address is kept a secret for safety reasons, was the winner in the 2011 Interventions Category of the Probation Awards.

His daily job includes liaising with police to get access to cells, speaking to court custody staff to interview offenders and the briefing of defence advocates and magistrates. He produces bail information reports for the courts and has significantly improved access to bail and resettlement accommodation for countless offenders.

He said: “I am delighted to receive this award and I am honoured to be recognised in this way.

“I have enjoyed establishing the scheme in Oxford and promoting the benefits to both service users and professionals alike.

“I would like to thank Duncan Hume, my senior probation officer, for putting my name forward as well as all those without whose help and support I would not have been able to operate the scheme so effectively.”

Lee started working for TVP in January 2003 and was based at HMP Springhill for five years. His main role at the prison was inducting new prisoners and helping them with resettlement issues, particularly accommodation difficulties on release.

In 2008, he took up his current post at Oxford Magistrates’ Court.