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Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces operate a system of named local police officers. (165663)

The full implementation of Neighbourhood Policing is due to be completed by April 2008 when all 43 police forces in England and Wales will have local neighbourhood policing teams covering their entire force area.

Police forces, where such a Neighbourhood Policing team is fully in place, will aim to provide the names of individual neighbourhood policing team members together with their team contact details through written updates to the local community (such as local policing summaries) and individual police force websites. Police forces are also currently looking at other ways of conveying this information to the general public through a range of publicity material.