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Police: Standards

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) reports and (b) data sets each police force is required to submit to her Department each (i) month and (ii) year. (254816)

The following table contains details of the 2009/10 Annual Data Requirement (ADR) from police forces in England and Wales. The ADR details the statutory requirements for data from police forces that are made under the Home Secretary's powers under the Police Act 1996.

The Policing Green Paper announced that Sir David Normington, Permanent Secretary to the Home Office, would lead a review of the data collection burden placed on police forces in England and Wales by the Home Office. The aim of the review is to reduce the burden by up to 50 per cent. The report of the review, ‘Reducing the Data Burden on Police Forces in England and Wales’, was published on 16 February 2009 and includes proposals for:

cutting out altogether or significantly reducing 36 data streams;

a two-year moratorium on requests for new data collection; and

a new ‘Gateway' process to limit requests for data which fall outside the statutory Annual Data Requirement.

The outcome of the review will have an immediate impact on the Annual Data Requirement made of police forces for 2009-10.

(b) Data requirements each police force is required to submit monthly, quarterly, bi-annually and annually for the 2009-10 financial year

Frequency of returns

Additional information

Notifiable offences

Homicide

Annual

Returns submitted on completion

Recorded Crime

Monthly

Arrests

Quarterly

Firearms Offences

Monthly

Quarterly

Annual

Use of PACE powers

Quarterly

Annual

Racist Offences

Quarterly

Annual

Use of knives and other sharp instruments

Quarterly

Vehicles stolen during robberies and domestic burglaries

Quarterly

Disposals

Magistrates courts proceedings and cautions

Returns submitted on completion

Motoring Offences

Annual

Penalty notices for disorder—issued and outcomes

Monthly

Police activities (tests, issue of certificates and other activities)

Breath tests

Annual

Issue of certificates—firearms and explosives

Annual

Deaths in police custody

Collected by Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Returns submitted on completion.

Setting up of cordons under the Terrorism Act

Annual

Road traffic accidents: casualties

Returns submitted on completion

Number of incidents recorded through National Standard for Incident Recording (NSIR)

Monthly

Drug seizures

Returns submitted on completion

Performance measures and Her Majesty's Inspectorate Constabulary (HMIC)

Quarterly

Annual

User satisfaction

Quarterly

Forensic data

Quarterly

Warrants (failure to appear)

Monthly

Recording of all stops

Quarterly

Prolific and other priority offenders

Monthly

Police personnel

Police personnel

Bi-annual

Annual

Commendation, complaints and discipline

Annual

Collected by Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)