South Yorkshire’s chief constable is among police chiefs across the country calling for a change in the law to allow forces to keep more of the money seized from criminals.
David Crompton spoke out as he revealed that, of £2.3 million of assets and cash taken from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act last year, South Yorkshire Police was allowed to keep only £495,000.
Under current rules, after compensation has been paid to victims, the Government takes half before the police are allowed 18.75 per cent then the rest goes to local courts and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Mr Crompton said it was ‘not right’ that such a large proportion of the cash went to Government coffers.
He said: “If people want to incentivise taking the assets of criminals, what could be better than stripping a drug dealer of their assets and all of that money coming back to the police to provide a local service?”