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Police: Beat

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

12. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the proportion of time police officers spend on the beat. (242976)

The Government are committed to delivering a visible and reassuring police presence. At the end of March 2008 64.9 per cent. of police officer time was spent on frontline duties. The fourth successive annual improvement since 2003-04.

Since April 2008 there has been a neighbourhood policing team in every area. The Policing Pledge includes a commitment for neighbourhood policing teams to spend at least 80 per cent. of their time visibly working on their patch.

17. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to maximise the amount of time that police officers spend on frontline policing. (242981)

Since April there has been a neighbourhood policing team in every area. The Green Paper confirmed our commitment to reducing bureaucracy and developing technology to free up officer time. It is vitally important that the police are able to do their jobs efficiently, without being constrained by unnecessary bureaucracy.

The policing pledge includes a commitment for neighbourhood policing teams to spend at least 80 per cent. of their time visibly working on their patch.

20. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of time police officers spend on the beat. (242985)

The Government are committed to delivering a visible and reassuring police presence. At the end of March 2008 64.9 per cent. of police officer time was spent on frontline duties. The fourth successive annual improvement since 2003-04.

Since April 2008 there has been a neighbourhood policing team in every area. The policing pledge includes a commitment for neighbourhood policing teams to spend at least 80 per cent. of their time visibly working on their patch.