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Police Custody

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police force have undertaken Operation Safeguard duties in the last 12 months; and how much time was spent on such duties by each force. (202369)

I have been asked to reply.

Operation Safeguard is an arrangement between the National Offender Management Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers. The estimated cost to NOMS of the provision of police cells under Operation Safeguard in 2007-08 is in the region of £53 million. This includes staff costs. The number of police officers who have taken part in Operation Safeguard is an operational matter for police authorities and chief officers and the information is not held centrally.