Policing, Prison, Punishment

UKIP is the only party prepared to put its faith in imprisonment and a strong police force as the bedrock of our criminal justice system.  We will promote rehabilitation, but also believe in containment,  deterrence and punishment. 
The wealthy might feel safe, secreted away in large houses in lovely areas, living behind electronic gates and protected by top-of-the range burglar alarms. It is a different story for working class people forced to watch as their communities are blighted by the criminality and antisocial behaviour perpetrated by a wrecking minority on their less gentrified estates. It seems only UKIP will stand up for them. 
Our approach to criminality contrasts starkly with that of the other parties. As Home Secretary, Theresa May was soft on crime. She went the way of the Labour party, putting the human rights of offenders before those of their victims, tiptoeing around even the most hardened criminals, instead of concentrating on protecting the public. 
We will not tolerate a perverse criminal justice system that allows criminals to get away with serious crimes or repeat offending because the police are under-resourced. We will train and deploy 20,000 more police and employ 7,000 more prison officers.  
REBUILDING OUR POLICE FORCES The thin blue line is no longer just thin, it is malnourished and emaciated. In their report of March 2017, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary highlighted an erosion of preventative policing and revealed a catalogue of failings. Emergency calls were deliberately downgraded when fewer officers were on duty, and gang violence was not classified as organised crime to avoid having to deploy additional resources. High-risk domestic abuse victims were downgraded to a lower level of concern, and officers were assigned to investigations they were not qualified to conduct. Forces struggled to find resources to investigate violent crimes. 
Theresa May’s legacy as Home Secretary has been to produce a police force that cannot be relied upon to investigate crime properly, and crime figures that cannot be relied upon at all. 
The job of police officers is to prevent crime, keep people safe and catch criminals. We will give them the resources they need to succeed.  We will train and employ 20,000 more frontline officers and equip them with all they need to conduct proper investigations, and track and arrest more suspects. These jobs will first be offered to ex-armed forces personnel.  
STOP AND SEARCH In 2014, Theresa May weakened Stop and Search, saying it was undermining relations with ethnic minority communities. UKIP warned this would lead to an increase in knife crime and, sadly, we have been proved right. Knife crime rose 24 per cent in London last year when 61 people were knifed to death in the city. Sixteen people were stabbed and killed in London in just the three weeks before this manifesto went to print. 
Theresa May showed weakness and inconsistency on Stop and Search and this has cost lives. UKIP agrees with the father of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor: the police need greater Stop and Search powers to combat knife crime. 
UKIP will reinstate full Stop and Search powers to the police and reduce the burden of paperwork police have to complete each time they exercise this function.   
SORTING OUT OUR PRISONS Our prisons are overcrowded, understaffed, and rapidly becoming hotbeds of violence and Islamist extremism. Drug use is also rising. These factors unite to increase the risk of prison rioting, or of prison officers losing control, which could lead to serious injury or loss of life. This vicious circle has to stop. UKIP will: 
Boost the number of prison officers by 7,000: There are 7,000 fewer prison officers, supervising officers and custodial managers working in England and Wales than in 2010. Restoring this number will restore adequate staffing levels. These jobs will be offered first to ex-armed forces personnel.  
Reduce Prison Overcrowding: 68 per cent of our prisons are overcrowded, according to the latest Ministry of Justice statistics. The Conservatives plan to build four new prisons, close older jails, and reduce the numbers of people incarcerated to solve the problem. UKIP thinks this is potentially disastrous: those who benefit most from prison are the law-abiding people who do not go. We will keep all existing prisons open and continue with the current building programme. We will send as many as possible of the 13,000 foreign nationals in our jails back to their home countries and, in future, will seek to have foreign criminals serve sentences in their countries of origin. If they wish to appeal against their convictions they must do so from their country of origin and pay their own costs. Our tough immigration policies will weed out potential troublemakers. 
Cut Violence in Prisons: Serious assaults within prison walls are increasing. Two prison guards are attacked every day, a threefold rise in just four years, and there were also 18,510 prisoneron-prisoner attacks during 2016. We will bring all those who assault prison staff or other prisoners before the courts.
“UKIP says: ‘If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.’ We think crime must always merit punishment. However much of a waste of a life it might seem to keep someone locked up, if that is what it takes to keep others safe, we will keep them locked up”. 
Tackle Illegal Drug Use: Prisoners testing positive for illegal substances while in prison will be limited to ‘closed’ visits from friends or family for six months, meaning they will be separated from their visitors by glass. Prisoners are encouraged to deal with drug addiction problems during their incarceration, and we do them no favours by not taking a tough line.  
Address Islamist Extremism:  All criminals are at risk of becoming radicalised behind bars, not just the 14.4 per cent of Muslim prisoners. The Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think-tank, says prisons risk becoming ‘universities of terror’ unless extremists are segregated from the wider prison population. This approach is shortly to be piloted at three prisons, along with ‘de-radicalisation’ programmes. We will monitor progress and extend these schemes if they are successful. We will also: 
• Ensure no prisoner has better ‘perks’ than any other, whatever their faith 
• Refuse admission to prisons to any imam, preacher or individual known to promote 
views contrary to  British values 
• Give prison governors new powers to impose measures to combat Islamic extremism and gang violence in prisons.
We will review the sentencing regime for police, prison staff or other law enforcement officials convicted of crimes. We take an especially dim view of corruption, for which we will impose minimum fiveyear sentences.
TOUGHER ACTION ON ‘HONOUR’ CRIME AND GROOMING GANGS The Sentencing Council produces guidelines listing ‘aggravating factors’ which make a crime more serious, so it may incur a higher sentence on conviction. We propose that so-called ‘honour crimes’ should be added to that list. We will also make it clear that the aggravating factor of ‘racial or religious motivation’ may apply to any offender, of any race  or faith. 
THE 2003 LICENSING ACT This Act relaxed opening hours for pubs, bars and clubs 
and increased the number of establishments able to serve alcohol. The social consequences have not resembled the ‘continentalstyle café culture’ Tony Blair claimed it would. A survey of emergency workers carried out in 2015 by the Institute of Alcohol Studies revealed 52 per cent of paramedics, 42 per cent of A&E doctors and threequarters of police officers have been attacked in the course of their duties by people who were intoxicated. 
To protect emergency workers from abuse, we will repeal the 2003 Licensing Act and bring in new legislation to reduce the density of alcohol outlets and restrict trading times.  
THE EUROPEAN  ARREST WARRANT UKIP will opt out of the European Arrest Warrant. The EAW is in fundamental opposition to the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ We will cooperate fully with extradition requests, but  not allow British citizens to be extradited to a foreign jurisdiction for minor crimes, when there is no clear case against them, or when they are unlikely to receive a fair trial. 
WE STAND BY OUR 2015 MANIFESTO PLEDGES TO
• Repeal Labour’s Human Rights legislation and remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. 
• Introduce a new UK Bill of Rights. 
• Prevent foreign criminals from entering the UK and introduce a fast-track deportation system for those convicted of crimes in the UK
• Prosecute all cases of adult sexual behaviour with under-age minors, and maintain the current age of consent
• Update licensing laws to limit the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals to £2
• Keep and enforce current legislation on the use of illegal drugs 
• Refuse to give prisoners the vote 
• Adopt a zero tolerance approach to antisocial behaviour and nuisance and noisy neighbours 
• Make the setting up of a traveller pitch without permission a criminal offence.