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Police Service of Northern Ireland: Annual Reports

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness, (b) efficiency and (c) value for money of the distribution of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable's Annual Report to households in Northern Ireland. (170488)

In August 2006 PSNI commissioned a survey to evaluate the level of awareness and readership of the Chief Constable's Annual Report. Of those who had read the report, 78 per cent. stated that it provided them with a clearer understanding of the work of the police service.

The total cost of the exercise is approximately £120,000 per year; this represents around 16 pence per household.

The Chief Constable's Annual Report is delivered to every home in Northern Ireland and is also available on the Internet. It is an important aspect of PSNI's outreach and engagement with the community. The Northern Ireland Policing Board is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the police, however I am content that distributing the report in this way is a valuable exercise and represents value for money.