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Home Beat Police Officers

Volume 24: debated on Monday 17 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of home beat police officers.

The precise role of home beat police officers varies from force to force but policing methods are kept under constant review by chief officers of police and Her Majesty's inspectors of Constabulary to improve the effective use of resources. My Department is sponsoring research on a range of relevant subjects, such as the use of manpower, community policing and the role of community constables.