According to the Liberal Democrats Party website the Liberal Democrats Party will try to achieve the following if they gain power at the 2010 general election:
Britain isn’t safe enough. Our prisons are bursting, town centres can be no-go areas at night, and we have real problems with drugs and alcohol.
Liberal Democrats will create community justice panels to give you a say in how offenders pay for their crimes. We’ll cut red tape for the police, and prisoners will work to pay for victim compensation. We’ll fix our immigration system with proper border checks, and help newcomers learn English.
Together we can cut crime – We will put 10,000 more police officers on the street paid for by scrapping the ID card scheme. We will make police forces accountable to elected authorities, which are able to defend local priorities, set budgets and vary taxes where necessary. Local communities will have the power to tackle minor cases of anti-social behaviour through new community panels where offenders have to make amends to victims and communities through visible community sentences.
Make Prison Work for Victims – We will impose compulsory rehabilitation, training and paid work in prison, including a scheme in which a proportion of money earned will be paid into a common fund for victims. Prison-based work schemes will be expanded to provide previous offenders with realistic alternatives to crime, easing the pressure on the prison service and on the British tax payer. We will allocate resources to new secure mental health and drug treatment centres rather than new prisons.
Guns and gangs – We will set up a 24–hour border force that would incorporate immigration, customs and police at all UK ports to stop the presence of guns on our streets. Local authorities and police would be given real power to tackle gun and gang crime locally. We will also ensure that areas where gun crime incidents are high are allocated additional resources.
Firm but fair on immigration and refugees – We will create an integrated border police force bringing back entry and exit controls to monitor movement in and out of Britain. By running immigration and asylum services fairly and efficiently, we will ensure that all migrants pay their way through taxes and we will cut the number who work illegally or turn to crime.
Tackle terrorism – We will reform our courts to prosecute terror suspects more effectively. Restrictions imposed on people without trial risks increasing support for extremists. Our reforms: plea bargaining for supergrasses, intercept evidence in court, and questioning after charge – will be effective and fair. We will improve cooperation between UK anti terror bodies and reach out to young men in Muslim communities.
I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on Liberal Democrats Law and Order policies in the comments below?