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Police to remotely track offenders' alcohol intake

Police to remotely track offenders' alcohol intake

A police force has become the first in the UK to trial a new remote system of monitoring how much alcohol prolific offenders are drinking.

The system can be set up to request manual, automatic and random breath tests from the offender and includes a picture identity verification.

The pilot is being carried out voluntarily on six offenders in the Dyfed-Powys area and the results will be reviewed after the three-month pilot.

Chief Inspector Craig Templeton said: "We're the first police force area in the UK to trial the alcohol monitoring system.

"We're keen to find out if this new technology would provide a cost-effective and improved management of offenders throughout Dyfed-Powys, and ultimately lead to a reduction in the level of re-offending."

The new technology also includes electronic GPS real-time tracking.