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Commissioner calls for "offender pays" ideas

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd’s ground breaking ideas on making offenders pay for the costs of services that they use and generate have really got people talking, both locally and nationally.

 

Damian Green, the Government’s Policing Minister has responded positively to the proposals, saying: “It’s why we needed Police and Crime Commissioners. There are more people out there thinking very hard about the criminal justice system and coming up with new ideas, so I will be looking at his ideas very carefully.”

 

The range of television and print media has shown interest in David Lloyd’s consultation proposals. There has been television coverage on BBC Look East and London Tonight. Radio coverage has included BBC London and Three Counties Radio and LBC. The Commissioner’s twitter account has generated considerable comment on the new ideas. The publicity started when nearly all of Hertfordshire’s local papers covered the original New Year message where this idea was first mentioned.

 

As well as charging those offenders detained in police custody for their food and accommodation a number of other areas are being explored. These include:

1. Suing offenders that injure police officers causing them to take time off work;

2. A greater emphasis on recovering assets from criminal empires;

3. Considering the introduction of offender funded “anger management” courses for those offenders convicted of violent behaviour;

4. Ensuring that vehicles that are seized for not having tax and insurance are not draining police resources;

5. Expanding speed awareness courses and ensuring that offenders meet the full cost of the programme and associated activity;

6. Exploration of ways of recovering case preparation and police courts time;

7. Increasing the recovery of fixed penalty notices and other financial penalties.

 

The fine details of the proposal, which is part of a raft of ideas to make sure that offenders pay for their behaviour, are being developed. Work is taking place within the Commissioner’s office and the Constabulary to further develop these ideas- exploring legal and practical issues. David Lloyd is also calling for the public and other interested parties to suggest further ways that offenders could meet the costs of the services they incur.

 

David Lloyd said;

 

“I am delighted by the interest that my ideas have generated. I wanted to start a conversation across the county and it is becoming clear that people think offenders should be paying for the consequences of their actions, not the local tax payer. Offenders have choices, if you don’t commit crime you have nothing to fear but if you do, you can be sure that we will be coming after you through the courts and through your wallets. I wanted to get these ideas out at an early stage so people can help me shape the policy.”

 

The Commissioner will publish further details of his ‘offender-pays’ proposals in the next couple of months as part of his Police and Crime Plan. This will also include a range of other new ideas such as enabling communities to tackle local speeding concerns with support from the police.