Hertfordshire police in satellite tagging test

PUBLISHED: 15:23 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:23 15 November 2016

Detective Inspector Craig Flint

Detective Inspector Craig Flint

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Hertfordshire police are testing a new system of compulsory GPS tags for prisoners released early.

Although monitoring tags for prisoners released on licence have been used successfully for many years, the current trial involving Hertfordshire and three other counties is part of the official release terms, backed up by the threat of a longer sentence for non-compliance.

Detective Inspector Craig Flint from Hertfordshire Constabulary, who is leading the project, said: “All those selected to take part in the pilot have been carefully considered and fully risk-assessed.

“Throughout this pilot the public’s safety and protecting people from crime remains a priority.

“This tagging technology is being used in support of, and not as a replacement for, other more traditional policing methods.

“The pilot brings obvious benefits such as providing a safe and effective alternative to putting people in prisons and managing offenders in the community while allowing us to closely monitor their movements.

“It will help with the enforcement of curfews, preventing offenders from entering specific locations and banning offenders from making contact with fellow criminals and/or victims.

“This is also an ideal opportunity to gain a better understanding of how this technology affects offender behaviour.”

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