LAW & ORDER
Policing in the UK has been devastated by careless cuts, red-tape and the increasing challenges found particularly in the big cities: a culture of casual drug abuse, gang crime and ghettoization. We don’t look like our officers like we used to: they get lower priority than politicians when it comes to pay rises, we no longer provide them with subsidised housing and the stock of police houses was sold off for a cheap buck. A culture of monetisation, bureaucratisation and careless centralisation, seen for example in the introduction of police and crime commissioners or in inefficient monoliths like Police Scotland, has only made matters worse. We support a return to effective, local and accountable policing that puts power in the hands of local authorities and that focuses on keeping officers out and visible on the streets preventing crime, rather than sitting behind desks. And we must challenge the culture of lawlessness by getting tough on crime and restoring order; in particular by enforcing drugs laws and tackling gang culture.
End Early Release by Default
We would end those stipulations of the Criminal Justice Act 1967 and its later adjustments which allow most prisoners to gain early release, typically having served just half of their sentence.
End Widespread 'Suspended Sentences'
We would end the widespread use of suspended sentences which was introduced through the Criminal Justice Act 1967 and became widespread as a result of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. We would ensure that proper prison sentences are applied in order to keep our streets safe and serve as a serious deterrent to criminal activity.
Zero Tolerance Approach to Knife Crime
Recent increases in knife crime have been shocking, in particular in London where the murder rate is now higher than that of New York City. We would take a zero tolerance approach to knife crime demanding tough sentencing without presumed access to early release or suspended sentencing, and ensuring that existing stop and search laws are fully enforced.
Zero Tolerance Approach to Corrosive Substances
The soaring numbers of acid attacks taking place across the country show that the current 'two strikes' rule for possession of a corrosive substance is not adequate. We demand a zero tolerance approach with tough sentencing to act as a serious deterrent and to keep our streets safe.
Zero Tolerance Approach to Drug Crime
We would significantly increase the legal penalties for drug abuse, especially for production and dealing, and move away from the culture of almost de facto legalisation for all but the hardest drugs that has developed in recent years.
Clamp Down on Gang Culture
We support a total crackdown on the gang culture that has brought chaos to the streets of our towns and cities with devastating loss of life. We support much tougher sentencing for gang activity and new powers to isolate gang members in prison and to force their activity to cease.
Coordinated Assault on Grooming Gangs
We support a multi-pronged approach to eliminate the horrific phenomenon of grooming gangs which have taken hold in many of our towns and cities. We would create a dedicated task force to work with schools, social workers and local police forces to ensure vulnerable children are protected and that the law is enforced without PC agendas or cover-ups. We would demand life sentences without the possibility of parole for grooming gang offenders, as the lenient sentences many have been given are a disgrace.
More Preventative Policing
We would ensure policemen have a more active and visible role on the streets, returning to a culture of preventative policing, rather than ‘fire-brigade’ policing, where police only arrive on the scene after the crime has been committed.
20,000 New Police Officers
We would provide funding for an additional 20,000 police officers, restoring the police force to its 2009 levels and reversing recent damaging cuts.
Restore Local Police Services
We would restore a culture of local and accountable policing by abolishing inefficient monoliths like Police Scotland, and transferring powers down to the council level.
Protect the British Transport Police
We would protect the BTP from the SNP’s ideologically-motivated attempts to merge it into Police Scotland.
Scrap Police and Crime Commissioners
These have been marred with controversy and scandal since they were introduced in 2012, and the turnout for elections is so low it is farcical. We would scrap police and crime commissioners and give power back to local police authorities.
Bring Back Police Houses
We would forbid the sale of the small amount of police houses that still remain in use, and build new dedicated houses to provide subsidised housing for police officers. We need to look after our police force like we used to and tackle the recruitment crisis.
Bring Back All Prisons Under State Control
We would bring back all prisons under full state control and prohibit any privatisation of the prison service. We must not allow ourselves to develop an American-style prison industry with mass incarceration fuelled by private profit.
Restore Order in Prisons
We believe that prisons should be run by officers and not offenders, and would introduce measures to restore control in our prisons, clamping down on offences within our jails.
We would place a greater emphasis on restorative justice, increase the use of financial penalties so that perpetrators to pay back victims for damage to property, or pay back communities through community orders.