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Police: Bureaucracy

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average time taken by a police officer in England to complete the administrative requirements relating to an arrest, timed from the moment of arrest. (198452)

The information requested is not available. The number of forms and documents needed to be completed by a police officer is dependent on the circumstances of the arrest and the complexity of each individual case.

Sir Ronnie Flanagan's Review of Policing, published in February this year, addressed the issue of police-related bureaucracy. The review made a number of recommendations on this subject, including a review of police operational codes of practice, the expansion of mobile data, a more in-depth analysis of risk (and how this in turn may impact on bureaucratic tendencies in the service), and the further streamlining of criminal justice processes. My right hon. Friend, the Home Secretary, has endorsed Sir Ronnie's report and expects his recommendations to form the next drive against unnecessary bureaucracy in the police service.