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Government publishes ‘Beating Crime Plan’

Government's plan comes under criticism

13 August 2021
Government publishes ‘Beating Crime Plan’

The government has published its new ‘Beating Crime Plan’, which aims to combine prevention, deterrent and enforcement. Some of the measures announced have come under criticism from across the justice system, including the expansion of police stop and search powers which has the potential to increase disproportionality in the justice system. Police commentators have also criticised the introduction of ‘league tables’ for emergency call responsiveness. Measures include:

  • Reconnecting the police with the public, with digital access through a national online platform
  • Improving the responsiveness of local police to 101 and 999 calls by developing league tables
  • Intervening early to keep young people safe and away from violence – including a new £17 million package focused on those admitted to A&E with a knife injury or following contact with police
  • Investing over £45 million in specialist teams in both mainstream schools and Alternative Provision in serious violence hotspots to support young people to re-engage with education
  • Expanding use of electronic monitoring for serious acquisitive offenders to a further 13 police force areas
  • Trialling the use of alcohol tags on prison leavers in Wales to reduce alcohol-related crime
  • Encouraging prison leavers to turn their backs on crime by securing employment – with a summit to be held later this year bringing employers together, and with the government pledging to recruit 1,000 prison leavers into Civil Service roles by the end of 2023
  • Permanently relaxing conditions on the use of section 60 stop and search powers
  • Expanding the role for Police and Crime Commissioners to drive down crime and anti-social behaviour in their local areas.

The plan also includes measures aimed specifically at dealing with the problem of illegal drugs, a key crime-driver. These include:

  • Investing £31 million to expand Project ADDER1 (which combines law enforcement with increased provision of treatment and recovery services) to eight new local authorities
  • Increasing the police’s use of drug testing on arrest
  • Delivering a cross-Government summit to work up a comprehensive package of measures that will drive down demand for illegal drugs and tackle these challenges across society.

The full plan can be found here.

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