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Protective Services

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

I am today announcing that the Home Office will be increasing its contribution to the work of police forces and authorities dealing with serious and organised crime and other protective services. In 2008-09 and 2009-10, some £11 million will be made available, rising to £13 million in 2010-11. This will help the police service to ensure that they meet the standards expected in the delivery of protective services throughout England and Wales by 2011.

From these amounts grants will be available up to £5 million in 2008-09 and £4 million a year in 2009-10 and 2010-11 to continue the work of the Regional Intelligence Units addressing serious and organised crime. These have been developed, with Home Office financial support, by the Association of Chief Police Officers in collaboration with police forces and authorities throughout England and Wales. We shall be discussing with police forces and authorities the financial contribution that they will need to make in collaboration to ensure the success of these units.

We shall continue financial support to the East Midlands Special Operations Unit recognising its success in tackling serious and organised crime and the special needs of the region. We expect the five forces and authorities in the region to become increasingly self sufficient in the collective provision of this capability and will therefore be discussing with them a tapering of financial support over the period.

These funds also include completion of grants towards the start-up costs of Protective Services Demonstrator Sites and the project to evaluate their development and disseminate best practice. There are now 13 demonstrator sites being funded involving 34 police forces working in collaboration to deliver protective services.

Finally we will be discussing with police forces and authorities the other opportunities there may be to make critical enhancements to their collaborative contribution to protective service improvements using the money the Home Office is making available.