Law and Order

Mandatory sentencing for repeat offenders, especially for those breaching restraining orders.

We have well defined and understood standards in our community, yet our judicial system often lets us down.  When it comes to the more serious offences such as assault, murder and rape, too often we hear about another offender on parole who has been arrested for doing the same thing again.  It is especially acute with restraining orders where our more vulnerable members of the community must be protected.

It’s time to get tough.  No longer should we tolerate judges or boards who go light on repeat offenders.  We need to have much clearer rules that make it clear that if you re-offend, you won’t get a third chance.

 Less reliance on revenue collection devices and a greater emphasis on on-ground policing.

Getting a letter in the mail asking for $180 because you went a couple of kilometres per hour over the posted limit is not law enforcement.  There is nothing justifiable about having an army of people whose primary role is to collect money.

ACP supports a return to the more traditional way of dealing with those who break the law so they can use their judgement in deciding what to do.  That means allowing them to do anything from giving someone a warning to giving them a ticket to locking them up.  Devices set to reap revenue cannot make those judgements.

 Proceeds of Crime

Anyone who is paid by the public purse is expected to behave in a manner beyond reproach and to act in the best interests of those they serve.  Politicians, government officials and bureaucrats who use their positions, or privileged information, to gain financial advantage for themselves, their family or acquaintances will be subject to proceeds of crime legislation.