Published: 20/04/2013 10:00 - Updated: 19/04/2013 18:42

Olly rallies the troops in call for GPS tagging

Written byKATHRYN CAIN

Police Crime Commissioner Olly Martins holding a GPS tag Police Crime Commissioner Olly Martins holding a GPS tag

POLICE and Crime Commissioners across the country are lobbying the government to roll out GPS tags after Olly Martins called for our own force’s scheme to be used as a pilot.

A group of 26 cross-party PCCs have teamed up to call on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to use Bedfordshire’s trial as a model for other for police forces in England and Wales by writing to Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling.

Last month we reported that, Bedfordshire PCC, Olly Martins, had slammed the MoJ for blocking the county’s GPS tagging system from being rolled out on a compulsory basis.

Beds Police has been operating its own voluntary scheme with 14 offenders for around 19 months.

Since it began the number of offences carried out by these people has dropped from 459 to just three.

Olly Martins said: “The Ministry of Justice is currently assessing the bids for the original, potentially flawed, tender but even that won’t come into effect for at least a year. We are now wasting time. There can be a lot of victims in a year, an unnecessary state of affairs that needn’t occur.”

Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said: “We are currently competing new electronic monitoring contracts and believe these will offer better value for taxpayers, operating to higher standards than those currently being procured locally. The letter will be responded to in due course.”

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