Welsh Conservatives hail the UK Government’s new ‘Beating Crime Plan’
Welsh Conservatives have welcomed the new ‘Beating Crime Plan’ unveiled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday, describing it as “the most comprehensive and far-reaching strategy of its kind yet.”
The plan will permanently remove conditions on the use of section 60 stop-and-search powers for police to tackle knife crime and expand the use of electronic monitoring for offenders upon release from prison.
The use of alcohol tags, which detect alcohol in the sweat of offenders, will be introduced as part of a pilot scheme in Wales and Mr Johnson also announced plans to make offenders doing community service wear hi-vis clothing.
“Since the Prime Minister entered 10 Downing Street in 2019, he’s set about providing our law enforcement with everything they need to prevent, deter, and crack down on crime. “Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies said”
“Two years on, we have more police, more resources and tougher sentences but if we are to truly deliver on levelling up this country, we must give people the security and confidence that comes from having a safe street and a safe home.
“This new plan will give the law-abiding majority the respect and support they need should they fall victim to a crime, whilst cracking down on those who persist in breaking the law.
“By combining prevention, deterrence, and enforcement, it will put victims first and support the dedicated and hardworking men and women from across our criminal justice system who keep us safe in Wales.
Police chiefs and the Police federation, which represents rank and file officers, have complained of a lack of consultation from the government over the new proposal and the federation described the plan as “ill thought out” and containing “gimmicks”.
Andy George, president of the National Black Police Association also criticised the plan’s focus on the use of stop and search measures to combat knife crime. “There is no evidence for the PM’s claims about the effectiveness of stop-and-search,” he said. “But there is a lot of evidence it is discriminatory, unfair and does not prevent the long-term scourge of violent crime.”