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Police: Street Patrols

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

11. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of time police officers spend patrolling the streets. (134283)

63 per cent. of officer time was spent on frontline activities in 2005-06. 14 per cent. of officer time was spent on patrol.

Other frontline activities not captured by the definition of “patrol” include arrests, dealing with incidents, gathering intelligence, responding to 999 calls, carrying out searches, dealing with informants, and interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses.