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Special Patrol Group

Volume 972: debated on Thursday 25 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many policemen were members of the special patrol group during each year since it was first established; how many persons they have, respectively, stopped or arrested during each of these years what percentage is the latter of the former for each year; and how many of those enrolled in the special patrol group carry firearms.

I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that the information requested is as follows:

Average strengths (all ranks) of the Special Patrol Group since its formation
YearStrength
196597
1966121
1967123
1968135
1969135
1970168
1971170
1972204
1973204
1974204
1975204
1976204
1977202
1978202
The present strength of the group is 195.
Stops and Arrests
YearStopsArrests
1965*396
1966*727
1967*1,057
1968*1,318
1969**
1970**
1971**
197216,3403,142
197314,2583,339
197413,0013,262
197518,9074,125
197619,8624,032
197714,0182,990
197816,2654,166
Notes
(a) * Records no longer available.
(b) There is no practical method of separately identifying those arrests which result from stops, and comparison of the numbers of stops and arrests would therefore be misleading.
Fifty-four members of the group are fully trained in the use of revolvers. Firearms are issued and carried only when the nature of the duty requires it.