UK Daily Mail: Police chief wants paedophiles microchipped

From: Andrew Johnson

Date: 2006-07-16 20:02:36

Say it with me… Problem/Reaction/Solution…… Police chief wants paedophiles microchipped 16/07/06 – News section   The head of Britain’s chief police officers has called for convicted paedophiles and dangerous sex offenders to be surgically implanted with electronic chips. In a newspaper interview Ken Jones, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said the implants would mean they could be tracked by satellite. But the Home Office dismissed the idea saying that it was not considering any such proposal. Mr Jones said the tracking devices would enable authorities to bar offenders from certain “zones” such as schools, playgrounds, and victims’ homes. Any attempt to enter them would trigger alarms in a monitoring centre, enabling police to take action, he told the Sunday Times. “If we are prepared to track cars, why don’t we track people? You could put surgical chips into those of the most dangerous sex offenders who are willing to be controlled.” While there would be civil liberties concerns over such a “Big Brother” monitoring system, the chips would only be implanted with the agreement of sex offenders and targeted at those guilty of the most serious crimes. “You could have a pilot scheme for the people who represent the highest risk and who would voluntarily want to go into this. You’d be surprised how many would be willing to submit to that kind of control,” he added. His comments come after Home Secretary John Reid announced the Government was considering a law allowing parents to find out if paedophiles were living near them, similar to “Megan’s Law” which operates in the US. Mr Jones, who was speaking in a personal capacity in the interview and not describing ACPO policy, said it was a “great opportunity” to consider a wide range of options. But a Home Office spokeswoman said: “We are not considering monitoring them through microchips.” Find this story at… Associated New Media

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