Crime is unacceptable and must not be tolerated. It is usually not committed by accident but is the result of a deliberate decision to do wrong. Most crime is perpetrated by a relatively small group of habitual criminals. Police forces often have an abysmal clear-up rate, allowing many criminals to continue without fear of being caught.
We must understand and remove the causes of crime, catch criminals and ensure that they do not re-offend in the future. We must break the “revolving door” approach that lets career criminals commit further crime and impose additional suffering and costs on society.
We must appreciate that as crime evolves that law enforcement needs to evolve faster to tackle criminal activity. Online fraud accounts for an increasing proportion of crime and virtually no resources are devoted to tackling and stopping the perpetrators. As with defence, preserving old models and ways of working in the face of changing threats is a recipe for waste and ineffectiveness.
The Peoples Party will:
through dramatically improved education and encouragement to business give skills and create opportunities, ensure that crime is not seen as economically attractive
- provide improved mental care services to help those who vulnerable to criminal activity
- introduce new measures to deter and prevent crime, targeting those groups who are most likely to commit crime
- require a massive improvement in performance and clear up rates
- completely remodel policing to reflect the changing nature of crime. Create a national police force to work with intelligence services to target serious offences, organised crime and fraud, with local policing centred on being much closer to the communities they serve
- create a single Emergency Service, merging local police, fire and ambulance services and encourage personnel to multi-task, while preserving necessary specialisms
- establish networks of local volunteers, akin to the lifeboat or retained fire services, to provide an immediate response to antisocial behaviour and criminal activity, as well as first responder service
- introduce a zero tolerance approach to “minor” crime such as graffiti and bike theft
- allow people to claim compensation to cover the costs of crime and incentivise police officers to keep claims as low as possible
- use new technology selectively and effectively to target criminal activity
- cut the prison population by doing everything possible to avoid having to send people to prison in the first place
- decriminalise drugs, treating use a medical and social problem
- fundamentally change the criminal justice system to ensure that career criminals are not released from prison to commit new crimes
- set up a rehabilitation scheme for those prisoners who promise not to re-offend to give them one chance to “go straight”
- create “a wipe the slate clean” option for first time offenders, avoiding giving people criminal records that can blight their future prospects
- look for a significant longer term reduction in the cost of law and order as our policies cut crime and the need for “criminal justice industry”