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New Met Chief Backs Lindsay Lohan Style 'Sobriety' Tags

December 15, 2011, 9:52 am

Picture Credit:alacoolb (flickr)

New Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe is considering introducing a 'sobriety bracelet' to cut alcohol-related crime.

The bracelet, which a US court forced actress Lindsay Lohan to wear, can detect if an offender has broken a ban on drinking.

It is being trialled in Strathclyde, Scotland for violent offenders given community orders and the Met is talking to Government officials about introducing it in the Greater London area.

Tagged to the ankle as part of a community sentence, the bracelet records the wearer's alcohol intake by measuring air and perspiration emissions from the skin every 30 minutes.

The Commissioner believes the bracelet could be a key tool in cutting crime in the capital much of which is alcohol-related.

Mr.Hogan-Howe told a London Policy conference that it was 'a great opportunity' to harness new technology to combat drink-related crime which is linked to 90 per cent of night-time arrests in London.

"The technology bracelet tells the offender whether they are offending. It is important for us to use technology and use these preventative measures around the two areas of alcohol and drug-related crime. You can literally smell the problem by walking around police cells at night," he said.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said that legislation would be required if wearing the bracelet were to be part of a community sentence.

A US judge ordered Lohan to wear the bracelet after she failed to show up for a probation hearing relating to a 2007 drink-driving case.