UK Govt. Policing, Crime and Justice Proposals 2015-20

The following are the Crime, Victims, Counter Terrorirsm and Justice proposals published in the Conservative Party Manifesto of May 2015.

Policing reform

  • Develop the role of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Extend the use of police-led prosecutions
  • Enable fire and police services to work more closely together
  • Ensure proper provision of health and community-based places of safety for people suffering mental health crises – saving police time and stopping vulnerable people being detained in police custody
  • Allow police forces to retain a greater percentage of the value of assets they seize from criminals
  • Improve the response to cyber-crime with reforms to police training and an expansion in the number of volunteer ‘Cyber Specials’
  • Improve the diversity of police recruitment – especially of black and ethnic minority officers – by supporting the development of new direct entry and fast-track schemes
  • Overhaul the police complaints system
  • Use the Police Innovation Fund to accelerate the adoption of new technologies, including mobile devices
  • Legislate to mandate changes in police practices if stop and search does not become more targeted and stop to arrest ratios do not improve

Crime prevention

  • Publish standards, performance data and a ranking system for the security of smartphones and tablets, as well as online financial and retail services
  • Overhaul the system of police cautions
  • Ensure that offenders always have conditions, such as victim redress, attached to their punishment
  • Create a blanket ban on all new psychoactive substances
  • Make sobriety orders available to all courts in England and Wales, enforced through new alcohol monitoring tags

Reforms to prison system

  • Make further savings in prisons budget by closing old, inefficient prisons, building larger, modern and fit-for-purpose ones and expanding payment-by-results
  • Introduce widespread random testing of drug use in jails, new body scanners, greater use of mobile phone blocking technology
  • Introduce a new strategy to tackle corruption in prisons
  • Protecting victims and supporting the vulnerable
  • Strengthen victims’ rights further, with a new Victims’ Law that will enshrine key rights for victims (including the right to make a personal statement and have it read in court before sentencing – and before the Parole Board decides on a prisoner's release)
  • Give all vulnerable victims and witnesses greater opportunity to give evidence outside court
  • Roll out nationally pre-trial cross examination for child victims
  • Tackling violence against women and girls
  • Ensure a secure future for specialist FGM and forced marriage units, refuges and rape crisis centres
  • Ensure that all publicly-funded advocates have specialist victims' training before becoming involved in serious sexual offences cases
  • Make sure the independent statutory inquiry into child abuse can challenge institutions and individuals without fear or favour
  • Continue the urgent work of overhauling how our police, social services and other agencies work together to protect vulnerable children, especially from organised grooming and sexual exploitation

Sentencing and rehabilitation

  • Toughen sentencing and use new technology to protect the public
  • Continue to reform the way we rehabilitate prisoners
  • Deploy new technology to monitor offenders in the community and to bring persistent offenders to justice more quickly
  • Introduce a new semi-custodial sentence, providing a short, sharp spell in custody to change behaviour, for prolific criminals
  • Extend the scope of the Unduly Lenient Scheme, so a wider range of sentences can be challenged
  • Review the legislation governing hate crimes, including the case for extending the scope of the law to cover crimes committed against people on the basis of disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity
  • Improve the treatment of women offenders, exploring how new technology may enable more women with young children to serve their sentence in the community

Human Rights law and the legal system

  • Scrap the Human Rights Act, and introduce a British Bill of Rights
  • Continue the £375 million modernisation of our courts system
  • Continue to review the legal aid systems

Preventing terrorism, fighting extremism

  • Strengthen counter-terrorism powers
  • Keep up to date the ability of the police and security services to access communications data
  • Maintain the ability of the authorities to intercept the content of suspects’ communications
  • Continue to strengthen oversight of the use of these powers
  • Outlaw groups that foment hate with the introduction of new Banning Orders for extremist organisations
  • Create new Extremism Disruption Orders
  • Develop a strategy to tackle the infiltration of extremists into our schools and public services
  • Strengthen Ofcom’s role so that tough measures can be taken against channels that broadcast extremist content
  • Enable employers to check whether an individual is an extremist and bar them from working with children
  • Take further measures to ensure colleges and universities do not give a platform to extremist speakers