Fears raised over ‘cheaper justice’ policing plans | The Canary

Apparently the plan is that they’ll be able to interview him on the spot.


This is another hammer-blow against British justice – for all the reasons given below.

Pilot plans to allow police officers to interview suspects on the streets via body cameras, rather than at police stations, has raised concerns among civil liberties groups.

Currently, while the formal caution that police recite when arresting somebody states clearly that anything they say may be used in evidence against them, officers are not formally able to interview someone until they have been taken to a police station. Crucially, once at the police station, the suspect has the right to independent legal advice, and they are entitled to pre-interview disclosure.

This pre-interview disclosure is vitally important as it is designed to ensure the person and their legal representative understand why the person has been deprived of their liberty, the nature of the allegations made against them, and the reason why they have been arrested. Without this disclosure, and access to a solicitor, the suspect is extremely vulnerable, especially if unfamiliar with the complexities of the law.

Unsurprisingly, given the cuts to the police service, these proposals have nothing to do with access to justice, and are primarily concerned with saving money.

Source: Fears raised over “cheaper justice” policing plans | The Canary

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6 thoughts on “Fears raised over ‘cheaper justice’ policing plans | The Canary

  1. Mr.Angry

    I have had to read this three times to grasp the reality of what I have actually read, are these Tory’s for real ? You could not make this up !!!!!!!!

  2. wildswimmerpete

    Looks like we’re well along the way towards Judge Dredd: arrest, interrogate, try, sentence and possibly summarily execute at the same time. Saves all that messing about with police stations, courts and stuff and look at the savings.

  3. HomerJS

    If you look at all the other stuff this government is doing then you can see that ‘saving money’ is just a smokescreen. The primary reason is to diminish people’s rights, and to make them more vulnerable.

  4. Bill Kruse

    And they’re building 9 new prisons, I understand to be run along the lines of the American private system. It’s easy to see how they plan to fill them, isn’t it?

  5. digger

    In the private prison system in the u.s the contract states that the state must keep the prisons 94% full otherwise they pay fines to the company so people are put in prison for minor crimes to ensure the prisons are full so expect the prison system to grow fast as soon as the private prisons are open

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