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Police: Per Capita Costs

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average total (a) direct staff cost, (b) operational support cost, (c) business support cost and (d) cost excluding sustaining overhead for providing police assistance was for (i) a road traffic accident, (ii) public disorder, (iii) a missing person incident, (iv) a sudden or suspicious death and (v) other activities not related to crime was under the activity-based costs model in 2007-08. (256690)

Information on the average cost of providing policing assistance in 2007-08 for road traffic accidents, missing person incidents, and sudden or suspicious deaths is set out in the following table:

Average costs of dealing with non-crime incidents

£

Total Direct Staff Cost (a)

Total Operational Support Cost (b)

Total Business Support Cost (c)

Total Cost Excluding Overheads (d)

(i) Road Traffic Accident

167

112

68

347

(iii) Missing Person Incident

270

195

107

573

(iv) Sudden or Suspicious Death1

589

382

240

1,212

1These figures exclude Dorset, Essex, the Metropolitan Police, Staffordshire, Suffolk and Thames Valley, from whom data were not available.

Notes:

1. Sudden deaths will only be those reported and later deemed to be non suspicious. All confirmed suspicious deaths amount to crime and would fall within crime data.

2. Consistent costing information is not available for (ii) public disorder and for (v) other non-crime incidents.

3. Unit costs are rounded.