General Election 2015: Police and crime

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Young voters have told Newsbeat that reducing crime should be one of the government's prioritiesImage source, Getty Images
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Young voters have told Newsbeat that reducing crime should be one of the government's priorities

It's one of the issues young voters have told Newsbeat they care about: reducing crime.

In an exclusive survey, 10% of young people said reducing crime and anti-social behaviour should be a priority.

But with two days to go until the vote, parties haven't really been very vocal about how they plan to tackle the issue.

Law and order is a devolved power, so the Assemblies in Cardiff and Belfast, and the Scottish Parliament get to make their own decisions on it.

We've set out where each party stands.

Conservatives

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The Conservatives are pledging to bring in a new law on victims' rights

A new law on victims' rights

New banning orders for extremist groups

Introduce Extremism Disruption Orders which are civil powers to be used against individual extremists who incite hatred

Restore police and agencies' access to the communications data they need to fight terrorism and organised crime

Labour

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Labour are pledging to bring in a new commissioner on domestic and sexual abuse

New commissioner on domestic and sexual abuse

Establish a victims' law

Overhaul the Prevent programme aimed at stopping more people getting drawn towards violent extremism

Scrap police and crime commissioners and protect neighbourhood policing

Liberal Democrats

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The Lib Dems pledge to tighten rules on stop and search and make all officers wear body cameras

End imprisonment for possessing drugs for personal use

Overhaul stop and search rules

Boost police recruitment of black and minority ethnic groups

Scrap Police and Crime Commissioners

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

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UKIP is pledging to make sure full prison sentences are served

Full prison sentences should be served, parole on a case-by-case basis

No cuts to frontline policing

Repeal Human Rights Act and replace it with UK Bill of Rights

Withdraw from European Arrest Warrant

Plaid Cymru

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Plaid Cymru wants to scrap police and crime commissioners

Victims' Rights Bill to focus on victims, probation and restorative justice

Transfer control of criminal justice system, including policing, to Wales

Bring probation service in Wales back under public control

Remove Police and Crime Commissioners which are responsible for making sure policing is effective in an area

Green Party

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The Green Party wants to decriminalise cannabis

Decriminalise cannabis and treat drug addiction as a health problem

Prioritise tackling sexual and domestic violence

Focus on restorative justice to reduce crime and reduce the prison population

Oppose privatisation of probation service

Scottish National Party (SNP)

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The SNP wants the minimum price for alcohol to be 50p per unit

Wants minimum pricing of alcohol

Police Scotland and Fire and Rescue Service should receive the same VAT exemption as other forces

Press for the revenue from court fines to be retained in Scotland

Maintain its extra police policy of having 1,000 extra beat officers

Democratic Unionist Party

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The DUP wants a UK-wide ban to tackle new legal highs

Seek UK-wide ban to tackle new legal highs

Review of present terrorism legislation

DUP will be tough on crime

Make full use of National Crime Agency

Sinn Féin

Continue to challenge policing when it falls short of desired standards on openness and accountability

Committed to a law and order system that is fair, accountable and transparent

SDLP (Social and Democratic Labour Party)

Continue to work to create the highest levels of accountability in public bodies dealing with law and order

Continue to ensure that developments in policing are protected, and that policing remains accountable and transparent

Wants the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to be more representative - with more Catholics, more women and more people from ethnic minority communities

Alliance

Ensure the National Crime Agency is operational in Northern Ireland as soon as possible

Ensure the letter scheme for On-the-Runs ends and that letters can no longer be used as an assurance in court

Further reduce delay in court cases, including the introduction of statutory time limits in youth cases

Further tackle human trafficking

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