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Lie Detectors To Be Introduced By South Yorkshire Police

Thursday November 21 2013

LIE detectors are to be introduced in South Yorkshire to monitor sex offenders.

The polygraph testing method is to be introduced s a risk assessment and investigative tool for known offenders.

The initiative is being funded by the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright, who said it would help protect vulnerable people and reduce the risks posed by potential offenders.

Tests will be offered on a voluntary basis as part of probation or bail conditions.

The results will not be given in court as part of a prosecution, but will help the police address the risk factor of sex offenders and those caught in possession of indecent images of children.

Polygraph or lie detector testing has been around for many years but the UK has not previously sanctioned its use, due to questions over credibility of results.

In trials run by another force in Hertfordshire, it led to three quarters of offenders having their risk status and management increased, so offering greater protection to the public.

Polygraph testers must gain accreditation from the American Polygraph Association (APA), consisting of a comprehensive 400-hour, ten-week basic training course in Texas, followed by a 40-hour post-conviction sex offender testing course and finally a 40-hour quality assurance programme.

The estimated cost of training two officers will be £35,000.

Commissioner Wright said: "I have provided funding for two police officers to complete their polygraph training programme and become accredited.

"I will also fully support two police officers working full-time on the testing of sex offenders.

"I made plain in my Police and Crime Plan that protecting the most vulnerable people in society was one of my key priorities and this important initiative is further illustration of how I'm trying to achieve that aim.

"The programme will reduce investigation costs and help us protect more vulnerable people as we come to understand the risks associated with some of this criminal behaviour."

What do you think to this? Is it worth the investment? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Thursday November 21 2013 at 10:34
Why must the testers gain accreditation from the American Polygraph Association ( APA ) ? The officers are going to Texas for this training and training the 2 officers will cost £35,000. Can't they be trained in this country?

Reply Posted by LOL on Friday November 22 2013 at 08:33

Reply Posted by Gaf on Thursday November 21 2013 at 11:50
If it locks up rapists then spend it. I speak for many when I say we don't want rapists walking the streets. And we especially don't want them getting away with it. This is a good thing, though the training fee is a lot don't let inconvenient facts get in the way of the big problem.

Reply Posted by Anon on Thursday November 21 2013 at 12:02
All child rapists should be locked up forever. All rapists should not have the chance of parole, if given 5 years, then they should serve 5 years.
If these lie detectors work and they help keep women and children safe then it is money well spent.

Reply Posted by Mad Bad & Dangerous to know on Friday November 22 2013 at 08:54
Child abuse is the main theme of this scheme, NOT ALL child abusers are male

Reply Posted by observer on Thursday November 21 2013 at 12:05
I agree with all comments on child rapists and the likes. but....we have had Jeremy kyle on our goggle boxes for so long. we are lead to beleive in these... lie detectors are not 100 per cent.. so should there fore not be used. in anything.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday November 21 2013 at 12:06
Whilst I do agree with this, it does make me wonder if its worth the bother. When you look at the diabollically leniant sentences given out to some of the offenders does any of it really matter. Until the punishments start to fit the crimes,then it makes it all the more laughable really, that is of course until the victim is yourself or one of your family. Get some hard core prisons built so they wont want to go back thier again.

Reply Posted by lauren on Friday November 22 2013 at 18:57
No one has said that it's just men every one has stated ALL child rapist women have committed this crime and they all need the lethal injection not a lie ditector test it's seriously need sorting out they should be imprisoned for life if they don't bring lethal injection back into the justice system not let out on parole or put on a list cos it doesn't stop them ur jus dealing them back into our environment makin worry even more for our children asif the world isn't bad enough

Reply Posted by lauren on Friday November 22 2013 at 18:58
*releasing not dealing