Evaluation of the Arson Prevention Programme report published
The three main schemes were the Arson Reduction Teams, Arson Small Grants programme and Grass Fires Initiative. This evaluation aimed to provide evidence of the benefits of the three schemes and evidence on which to guide future arson prevention work. Overall, the ARTs appeared to be conducting a large amount of arson reduction activity that was in line with good practice. The methods that the ARTs used were also of a high standard. All work was targeted and all teams worked in partnership with appropriate outside agencies, as well as having close working relationships with the FRS and the Police. Good working relationships with the Police were primarily facilitated via a seconded Police Officer in each team. Although the work was of a high standard and in line with good practice, there is limited statistical evidence that the ARTs helped to accelerate the reduction in deliberate fires.