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Police: Crimes of Violence

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures his Department is considering introducing to reduce the levels of recorded assaults against (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers. (132958)

[holding answer 20 April 2007]: There have been several recent developments which seek to reduce the levels of recorded assaults against police officers and police community support officers.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary following collaboration with key stakeholders has recently published a review of officer safety training entitled “Safety matters”. This report contains recommendations to assist in the reduction of injuries and is now available for forces to consider and apply. The Health and Safety Executive has been fully consulted and collaborated with HMIC on the development of this paper and supports the report.

In addition the National Health and Safety Standing Committee recently agreed a joint report on benchmarking standards a “Strategy For a Healthy Police Service" which has been approved by ACPO council, and its implementation is being supported by the National Policing Improvement Agency.

This sets standards on issues affecting individual health and safety including personal safety training. Each of the major principles will be developed through the ACPO Joint Advisory group on Health, Safety and Welfare. Again there was full consultation with the HSE with regard to this document.

Also a Fitness Sub Group of the National Recruitment Standards—a standing committee of the Police Advisory Board—has been established. Emanating from this will be further research on this topic.