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Police Standards Unit

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation has taken place of the Police Standards Unit since its inception; and if he will make a statement. [117335]

The work of the Police Standards Unit (PSU) is assessed regularly and its contribution to the Department's Public Service Agreements scrutinised. In addition, its programme of work is subject to management monitoring through regular programme board meetings on accepted programme management procedures. Its major projects, including, for example, performance improvement work with forces and the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and the Policing Priority Areas projects, are the subject of rigorous independent evaluation providing an assessment of success against objectives. Where appropriate, such evaluation produces good practice models for promulgating to the police service.