Sex offenders in Yorkshire to be offered lie detector tests as part of a risk assessment

Sex offenders will be offered lie detector tests to help police assess the risk they pose to the public when released.

Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire Shaun Wright has decided to introduce the technology despite questions over its accuracy.

He will spend £35,000 training two officers to carry out the tests, sending them to Texas to complete a 10-week, 400-hour basic training course, followed by another 80 hours of training.

The tests will be offered to sex offenders who are on bail or being dealt with by probation and will be used only for risk assessments, not in court.

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