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Police Patrolling

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average amount of time police officers in the Essex central area spent on street patrols in the latest period for which figures are available. (171775)

64.8 per cent. of police officer time in Essex was spent on front-line policing in 2006-07. The existing definition of time spent on patrol excludes other front-line activity. Time spent on patrol refers only to time when an officer is patrolling but engaged in no other duty. Any activity (such as advice to a member of the public or responding to antisocial behaviour) carried out while on patrol is recorded separately. This figure therefore provides a more rounded picture of front-line activity by police officers.