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Community Police Officers

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend the initiative of distributing in areas of high crime key fobs bearing the name, photograph and contact details of community police officers; and if he will make a statement. (85959)

[holding answer 18 July 2006]: The Home Office is committed to having neighbourhood policing teams embedded in every area in England and Wales by April 2008. As part of this, every member of the community will know how to contact their local neighbourhood policing team—whether officer, PCSO or other staff—by phone or by e-mail.

How this commitment is delivered is an operational matter for chief constables; the Home Office does not therefore intend to prescribe how police forces should publicise the contact details of local neighbourhood policing officers. The important thing is that people know how to contact their local officers and that they can do it quickly and easily.