Alcohol-detecting ankle-tags AKA Sobriety Bracelets wanted by the Met
METROPOLITAN POLICE Chief Bernard Hogan-Howe wants to put alcohol-detecting ankle tags - 'sobriety bracelets' - on criminals in a bid to cut down on re-offending.
The tags have been in use in the US for a number of years and were made famous by Lindsay Lohan when the actress was forced to wear one by the courts back in 2007. They are currently on trial in Scotland.
"The bracelet tells the offender whether they are offending," said Hogan-Howe.
The idea is that drink-related offenders on community service sentences are monitored by the tags, which pick up traces of alcohol – and drugs - via a wearer's sweat
"It is important for us to use technology and to use these preventative measures around two areas: one around alcohol and certainly around drugs; the two most aggravating factors around crime tend to be those areas," added Hogan-Howe.