Enhanced combination orders

If an offender was given an Enhanced Combination Order by a court, they wouldn't go to prison. They would get a community sentence where they would need to do unpaid work, do victim-focused work, have a psychological assessment and take part in programmes.

When a court could use an Enhanced Combination Order

Instead of sending an offender to prison, a court could give them an Enhanced Combination Order (ECO). An ECO would be an alternative to a prison sentence of 12 months or less.

Offences where an ECO could be given

An Enhanced Combination Order could be given if an offence involves: 

  • public order breaches
  • criminal damage
  • drugs
  • causing unnecessary suffering to animals
  • harrassment
  • threats to kill
  • burglary and counterfeiting
  • causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and other less serious driving offences
  • aiding and abetting blackmail
  • violence against the person
  • possessing an offensive weapon in a public place

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