Scrapped: po­lice bid to name and shame mo­torists

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FARMING - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­[email protected]­bourne­new­stele­

A DER­BYSHIRE po­lice scheme to pub­licly name mo­torists charged with drinkdriv­ing has been scrapped af­ter the force re­ceived a com­plaint.

The force an­nounced it would re­lease the names of all peo­ple who were charged with drink-driv­ing across the county over De­cem­ber in a bid to pre­vent peo­ple driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence over the fes­tive pe­riod.

It an­nounced the scheme on its Face­book page in a post, which has now been deleted, but many peo­ple no­ticed no fur­ther an­nounce­ments had been made about drink-driv­ers.

It has now been re­vealed the cam­paign went quiet af­ter the force re­ceived a com­plaint from a mem­ber of the pub­lic over pub­licly nam­ing those who had been charged.

The com­plaint led to se­nior of­fi­cers tak­ing the de­ci­sion to halt the cam­paign. Deputy chief con­sta­ble Gary Knighton said: “The cam­paign was launched on De­cem­ber 1, 2018 in Der­byshire.

“In the first week of the cam­paign, the names of five in­di­vid­u­als who had been charged with an al­le­ga­tion of driv­ing whilst un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol in the county were re­leased.

“Fol­low­ing a com­plaint and dis­cus­sion with our com­mu­ni­ca­tions team, a de­ci­sion was made not to con­tinue to name in­di­vid­u­als charged with this of­fence in this man­ner. We are look­ing into the com­plaint and re­view­ing our pro­ce­dures.”

It is stan­dard prac­tice for the po­lice to pub­licly name peo­ple who have been charged with an of­fence, although not ev­ery per­son charged is named.

Usu­ally, those who are not named are un­der the age of 18 or there is a rea­son why nam­ing them could prove to be harm­ful. Der­byshire po­lice say the com­plaint is now be­ing looked into and a re­view of cur­rent pro­ce­dures in the force is un­der­way. A spokesper­son from the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice con­firmed that a re­port of a data breach had been re­ceived.

They said: “We have as­sessed the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Der­byshire Con­stab­u­lary and have de­cided not to take fur­der­byshire ther ac­tion. We have writ­ten to them with rec­om­men­da­tions and ad­vice.”

The cam­paign had been heav­ily backed by the Der­byshire pub­lic.

One Face­book user, whose com­ment was liked by 250 peo­ple, said: “This should be done all year round.”

An­other said: “Awe­some Con­stab­u­lary, I think this is great. Agree with other posts on here too that it should be re­ported through­out the year and also peo­ple us­ing their phones while driv­ing.

“It’s shock­ing how many you can see ev­ery day driv­ing while gaw­ping at their phones or chat­ting with one hand as they’re turn­ing a cor­ner, etc.”

Any­one who has con­cerns about peo­ple they think could be driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol is urged to get in touch with the po­lice by call­ing non-emer­gency num­ber 101 or by call­ing Crimestop­pers and giv­ing in­for­ma­tion anony­mously by call­ing 0800 555 111.

Fol­low­ing a com­plaint a de­ci­sion was made not to con­tinue to name in­di­vid­u­als charged.

Dep chief Const Gary Knighton

Po­lice launched the sham­ing pol­icy on De­cem­ber 1, but it was soon dropped.

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