Skip to comments.Semi-News: UK to Try "Less Confrontational" Approach to Law Enforcement
Posted on 04/10/2006 9:17:40 AM PDT by John Semmens
In an effort to "ratchet down" the level of hostility between police and lawbreakers, officers have been instructed to be less critical and more understanding when confronting miscreants.
Under the new rules, police are to let burglars off with a "caution," rapists will be required to apologize, and murderers will be subjected to abusive and derogatory chastisement.
"Incarceration is so barbaric," said Horace Bottomly of the Home Office. "We're striving for a more tolerant live-and-let-live attitude."
Bottomly cited anticipated budgetary savings and safety gains expected from the new policy. "With fewer arrests we will save quite a bit on prisons," said Bottomly. "Since police officers won't actually have to bring suspects in, their jobs should be safer. This, in turn, will reduce the Department's health insurance burden."
Bottomly addressed concerns that this would let criminals off too easily. "The Home Office instruction only applies to offenders who have admitted their guilt to the police officers on the scene," said Bottomly. "So, they will have to deal with the humiliation of a public confession."
The overcrowding in UK prisons is believed to be a major motivating factor for the new policy.
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