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Implement satellite tracking for foreign national offenders undergoing deportation

We will take action to make it harder for people to enter the country if they have a criminal conviction and will implement satellite tracking for every foreign national offender subject to an outstanding deportation order or deportation proceedings.

Our Verdict

In August 2016, two Turkish men with a record of previous offences overseas were convicted of killing a third man in the UK. Such cases strengthen the argument for controlling the entry of convicted criminals into the country (see related policy below), and for strictly monitoring the whereabouts of foreign national offenders awaiting deportation on UK soil.

In a sign that this policy may be implemented, the government issued a call on 12 June 2018  for tenders to provide satellite tracking technology of the type required for this proposal.

We have found no official statements on the progress of this specific policy (relating to foreign national offenders) but on broader plans to extend the use of electronic monitoring tags for offenders, a report in July 2017 by the Comptroller and Auditor General was highly critical of delays in implementation, failed procurements for developing the tags, overambitious technological requirements and unachievable timescales.

It seems this policy is ‘in progress’, but given the evidence of previous attempts to expand satellite tracking of offenders, the process could be a lengthy one. We’ll be asking the government about the outcome of the tender process and for further details of action to fulfil this pledge. Follow this policy for updates.

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