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Police: Training

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police and (b) other personnel were trained in surveillance through the National Specialist Law Enforcement Centre in each of the last 10 years. (137456)

The National Specialist Law Enforcement Centre was established in 2001. Provision of surveillance training includes mobile surveillance, foot surveillance and static observation posts. The figures in the following table covering the period 1997 to 2001 are based on a fixed training programme delivered by the National Police Training Specialist Crime Centre and agreed with the Regional Crime Squad.

Financial year

Police1

Other Personnel2

1997-98

168

0

1998-99

168

0

1999-2000

258

0

2000-01

258

0

2001-02

323

0

2002-03

605

0

2003-04

805

0

2004-05

655

18

2005-06

725

22

2006-07

504

221

1 Police personnel include RAF Police, British Transport Police, Regional Crime Squad as well as the territorial police forces of England and Wales.

2 “Other Personnel” in years 2004-06 are Immigration and Nationality Directorate staff involved in Operation Reflex working in partnership with the National Crime Squad. Those for 2006-07 are for Serious Organised Crime Agency staff, previously categorised as police personnel.