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Police Patrolling

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 90W, on police patrolling, what the respective figures are for each year from 1997-98 to 2005-06 based on the same definition used in the answer. (174000)

[holding answer 18 December 2007]: The information requested on the percentage of time spent on front-line duties by the Essex police is set out in the following table. This measure was only introduced in 2003-04 and is not available for earlier years, and the definition is kept under review.

Essex police—time spent on front-line duties 2003-04 to 2006-07

Percentage time spent on front-line policing

2003-04

56.8

2004-05

60.9

2005-06

62.9

2006-07

64.8