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Thousands of police are to go back on the beat under government plans to create 'superbobbies' to patrol Britain's ...
Thousands of police are to go back on the beat under government plans to create 'superbobbies' to patrol Britain's streets, reported the Sunday Express (p6).
Home secretary Jack Straw will outline the idea today as part of his 10-year national crime plan to overhaul the country's policing, prisons and justice policies.
He wants pay bonuses to encourage experienced officers to return to the beat so they can use their knowledge of the community to help fight crime with the help of local people.
But the overall focus of his anti-crime strategy will be tackling the hardcore of 100,000 persistent offenders, who are responsible for half of all serious crime in England and Wales.
The government wants longer sentences for repeat offenders, but more education and training for prison inmates and pledges to spend£700m over three years to do it.
Mr Straw will also promise to give courts new powers to monitor offenders after they have been released on parole, plus a shake-up of the prosecution system to improve conviction rates.
Police recruitment and training would change too, with new technology introduced. Conditions of employment will be changed to make it easier to sack lazy officers.
The 'superbobbies' will follow the creation of thousands of new 'supernurse' posts in 1999 in a bid to keep experienced staff working in the NHS. Beat officers account for only half of the 125,000 full-time police, but only one in 20 officers is patrolling the streets at any one time.
Mr Straw hopes the creation of the new police rank will also help create a closer link between the police and private security firms - which already employ 250,000
guards, twice the number of police officers.
Towards that end, the superbobbies will be granted new powers to manage and co-ordinate the different organisations which help in public safety, including local authority neighbourhood watch schemes.
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