Crime

Crime is unacceptable and must not be tolerated.

The Peoples Party must:
through dramatically improved education and encouragement to business, give the skills and create the opportunities so that crime is not seen as an economically attractive option
introduce new measures to deter and prevent crime, targeting those groups who are most likely to commit crime
provide improved mental care services to help those who are vulnerable to criminal activity
restore public confidence and trust in the police and criminal justice system
require a massive improvement in police performance and clear up rates. Abysmal results should not be acceptable
introduce a zero tolerance approach to “minor” crime such as shoplifting, graffiti and bike theft
completely remodel policing to reflect the changing nature of crime. Abolish the current policing structure, create a national police force within the BDF to work with intelligence services to target serious offences, organised crime and fraud, with local policing being much closer to the communities they serve, restoring the “bobby on the beat”
create a single Emergency Service, merging local police, fire and ambulance services and encourage personnel to multi-task, to provide a first responder service while preserving necessary specialisms
within the Emergency Service establish networks of local volunteers, to provide an immediate response to reports of antisocial behaviour and criminal activity
allow people to claim compensation if they are victims of crime and incentivise police officers to keep claims as low as possible
use new technology selectively and effectively to target criminal activity
decriminalise drugs, treating use as a medical and social problem. People should not have to resort to crime to secure drugs and associated treatment
cut the prison population by doing everything possible to avoid having to send people to prison in the first place
fundamentally change the criminal justice system so that career criminals are not released 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”. Not release prisoners until they have a job
create a pardon “a wipe the slate clean” option for first time offenders, avoiding giving people criminal records that can blight their life prospects
aim for “victory” against crime with a significant long term reduction in the cost of law and order as policies cut crime and the “criminal justice industry”
provide an accessible route for justice that enables ordinary people to bring civil actions without incurring massive costs
make family courts and custody orders mother friendly - not arenas for parental conflict

There are few truly villainous people and a relatively small group of hardened criminals. Despite this, police forces often have an abysmal clear-up rate, allowing many career 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. To do this successfully we must recognise that most crime is committed by vulnerable individuals who are inadequate for a variety of reasons that we need to address. We imprison far too many people and in doing so just store up further problems for the future.

We must break the “revolving door” culture that be gets further crime and imposes additional suffering and costs on society. We must stop the waste of resources on the crime “merry go round”, billions are spent unnecessarily on parole, probation, the costs of further crime, insurance, police, lawyers and courts.

We need to appreciate that as crime evolves, law enforcement needs to move faster to tackle criminal activity. Online fraud accounts for an increasing proportion of crime, but virtually no resources are devoted to tackling and stopping the perpetrators. As with defence, preserving existing models and ways of working in the face of changing threats is a recipe for waste and ineffectiveness.