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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 958W, which police forces have not established an immigration crime partnership. (222430)

Immigration crime partnerships are yet to be established with the following police forces/services:

Bedfordshire Police;

City of London Police;

Cumbria Constabulary;

Hertfordshire Constabulary;

Merseyside Police.

There are ongoing negotiations to establish ICP teams in all ACPO regions across the UK which will be made up of officers from forces within that region.

In Scotland Policing is a devolved matter. There is an agreement between UKBA Scotland and the Association of Chief Police Officers of Scotland to set up an ICP team for Scotland and arrangements are in place.

In Northern Ireland the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has not established an immigration crime partnership but there is an agreement that PSNI will tackle immigration crime and immigration related crime.

The agency sits on the Organised Crime Taskforce steering group.