Tough but Fair (PDF 7MB)


Publish Date: 06 February 2015

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The DUP approach to law and order

The Democratic Unionist Party is committed to the most robust approaches to tackling crime. We believe that for too long the balance of law enforcement in the United Kingdom has tended to favour the criminals over their innocent victims. That has got to change.

Our policies in this area are tough but fair and designed to make Northern Ireland, along with the rest of the United Kingdom, a safer place where people can live, work and raise a family.

  • Empowering the PSNI and council enforcement officers to recommend the closure of any off-license, bar or shop that is proven to be selling alcohol persistently to children.
  • Support, as a minimum, the reform of the Human Rights Act, to remove the 'right to family life' defence against deportation upon conviction for a serious criminal offence.
  • Introduction of a minimum seven-year prison sentence for any person who attacks and physically injures an older person in their home.
  • The introduction of legislation to tackle the scourge of legal highs.
  • Introduction of provisions to mean that anyone convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment should serve a whole-life tariff.
  • Supporting measures to ensure that those who use reasonable force to protect themselves, their loved ones or property are not prosecuted.
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