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Police: Bureaucracy

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average proportion of police officers’ time spent on patrol per day in each of the last 10 years. (200388)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of time on average (a) all police officers and (b) patrol officers spent on (i) incident-related paperwork, (ii) non-incident related paperwork, (iii) all paperwork and (iv) on patrol in each year since 2003-04. (200389)

The information requested is not held centrally.

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.