Wednesday, January 11, 2006

All in the Same Boat

I mentioned a while back that we had so far received no training of any sort about the Serious Organised Crime And Police Act (hereinafter referred to as SOCA) which makes sweeping changes to powers of arrest and search warrants among other things, and which has been in force since January 1st. Well, according to this policeman most police officers are no better informed than we are.

This is typical of the flood of ill-thought-out and hastily-introduced legislation that has been rushed through Parliament in recent years. If the Government spent a bit of time and money telling the police and the courts what their new laws meant, it would be really helpful.

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