“Security from crime and terrorism” is a promise of pretty epic proportions. It’s also difficult to measure. Does delivering “security from” mean completely eradicating crime and terrorism? If so, it’s very unlikely to be delivered. But this may also mean “increasing security” from crime and terrorism to a significant degree – assuming enough people can agree on what that a “significant degree” is. Either way, it’s difficult. But this promise is one of the key “deliverables” in the opening of Section 2 of the manifesto – so we need to track it.
What’s most likely is that this promise is a summary of the many other promise made in Section 2 and throughout the manifesto. We’ll therefore be tracking this against related policies, the main policies focusing on prevention of crime, cyber crime, and also terrorism (see below). We’ll also be seeking clarification from the government, and other organisations in this field, as to the true scope of this promise and how we should therefore measure it.
Until we receive a response from the government, or from other specialist organisations, we’re marking this as ‘in progress’ based purely on the status of the related policies.
- Build on the crime record achieved over the last 7 years
- Help Britain’s world-leading police forces and prosecutorial services
- Push forward with our plan for tackling hate crime
- Make it harder for convicted criminals to enter the country
- Establish a Commission for Countering Extremism
- Work to prevent terrorists from having a safe space to communicate online
- Maintain and develop counter-terrorism strategy
- Support the public sector and civil society to identify and counter extremists
- Consider what new criminal offences might be needed to defeat extremism
- Bolster the response to cyber threats
- Continue with our £1.9 billion investment in cyber security
- Ensure organisations and users are protected from cyber risks
- Build on the establishment of the National Cyber Security Centre
- Strengthen cyber security standards for government and public services
- Create a national infrastructure police force