Shoplifters, vandals and burglars are being told by police to say sorry with a bunch of flowers to avoid prosecution.Another undermining of the justice system to ‘save money’...
Offences including common assault, theft, burglary, criminal damage and vandalism which would ordinarily mean a jail sentence, fine or caution are instead being resolved by a gift to the victim such as bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates to make amends.So, the police still get their DNA for the database (because they are presumably arrested?), and the courts don’t need to bother with all that sentencing stuff.
What’s not to like?
Police say the 'common-sense community resolution' to anti-social behaviour and low-level crime saves police time and could save forces and the criminal courts millions of pounds.Except…we have a system of criminal justice in this country. It’s worked well for many, many years.
Why subvert it now, for the sake of money?
But critics have accused police of undermining the criminal justice system, saying crimes should be dealt with by magistrates rather than ad-hoc penalties devised by individual officers.Quite…
There are also concerns that an offender can escape having a criminal record if they agree to apologise and repair any damage or refund what was stolen.So, this throws the DNA database question into doubt, then, doesn’t it?
If they get their DNA taken on arrest, then they will be on a database despite having no conviction.
No-one will be surprised that this is the WMP again:
The officer leading the experiment, Chris Sims, Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, said yesterday his officers were administering 'a moral clip round the ear' to offenders.Err, no. That’s precisely not what you are doing...
What you are doing is driving a coach and horses through the British Justice system.