Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to cut crime by tackling drug misuse and using electronic tagging on more burglars after release. The government is also proposing that every neighbourhood in England and Wales should have a named police officer for residents to contact. The PM said it meant victims could speak to someone who knew the area...
Boris Johnson also said he wanted to see hi-vis "chain gangs" as punishment for anti-social behaviour. "If you are guilty of anti-social behaviour and you are sentenced to unpaid work, as many people are, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't be out there in one of those fluorescent-jacketed chain gangs visibly paying your debt to society," he said.
Under the Beating Crime Plan, more burglars, robbers and thieves would have their location monitored with electronic tags 24 hours a day after leaving prison. The document also says Project Adder - which targets drugs gangs, offers help to addicts and increases the use of drugs testing when arrests are made - will be expanded from five areas of England to 13. The new areas covered will be Newcastle, Bristol, London's Hackney and Tower Hamlets, Wakefield, Liverpool, Knowsley and Wirral...
Ministers are also removing rules introduced by former Prime Minister Theresa May which made it harder for officers to use their section 60 stop and search powers...
The government's plan also includes:
- A pilot scheme to test the benefit of sending an officer to every reported burglary, to be trialled in Greater Manchester
- Proposals for league tables ranking how quickly police forces answer 101 and 999 calls
- More officers to deal with children truanting from school
- A £17m programme to persuade young people who attend hospital with a stab wound or come into contact with police to stay away from violence
- £45m for specialist teams in schools in places with high levels of violence