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Police Community Support Officers: Clothing

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next expects to meet the (a) Head of the Home Office Scientific Development Branch and (b) President of the Association of Chief Police Officers to discuss stab-proof vests for police community support officers. (286907)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: The provision of stab-proof vests for police community support officers is not a matter for the Home Office Scientific Development Branch. However, I will discuss the issue of stab-proof vests for police community support officers in wider discussions on police equipment with the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the average cost of equipping a police community support officer with a stab-proof vest. (286910)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: I have made no assessment of the cost of equipping a police community support officer with protective body armour. The equipping of police community support officers is an operational matter for chief officers of police.