UK border screening system surpasses 10000 arrests
More than 10,000 criminals have been arrested at UK entry points since the 2005 introduction of the e-Borders system.
Airport news for Travel,Heathrow on 31/10/2011.
he announcement came via immigration minister Damian Green at the weekend, who said that about 52 arrests of murderers, rapists and other criminals take place each week at UK gateways thanks to the scheme. He attributed the success largely to the UK Border Agency, which handles about 55 per cent of journeys in and out of the United Kingdom.
Green said that by being able to check the information of passengers and airline crewmembers before travel that law enforcement authorities can quickly identify and apprehend those attempting to evade justice.
Government figures show that in the nine months leading up to October some 2,700 individuals had been arrested in connection with e-Borders. From that group, there were 22 rapists, 11 murderers and more than 300 violent criminals in addition to 136 drug offenders.
But the £750 million e-Borders system has faced some controversy, including a possible lawsuit from technology firm Raytheon. The company had managed the scheme until July of 2010, when its contract was terminated by minister Green due to implementation delays. The company said however that the blame should be put on the UK Border Agency.
Regardless, Association of Chief Police Officers’ John Dolan said the system would remain in place as a key part of the justice system.