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Police: Standards

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, column 39WS, on strategic policing priorities, by what means (a) a police force, (b) its police authority, (c) crime and disorder reduction partnerships, community safety partnerships and other local partners and (d) local people are to be involved in setting local policing priorities for 2009-10. (243702)

Every police authority is required each year to produce a three-year plan including their local priorities for policing their area. They are required to consider and include crime and disorder reduction partnerships/community safety partnerships strategies and the view of the public obtained under section 96 of the Police Act 1996. How each authority decides to gather and include this information is a decision for them.

Underpinning this, local—neighbourhood—policing priorities are agreed between the neighbourhood policing teams and their local communities. These priorities will be enshrined in the local part of the Policing Pledge and subject to discussion at the monthly public meetings that all teams now hold.