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Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 16 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets his Department has set for police forces for 2009-10. (290878)

[holding answer 9 September 2009]: As part of the Policing Green Paper, “From the Neighbourhood to the National: Policing our Communities Together”, the Home Office stated that it would neither set nor maintain top-down numerical targets for individual police forces with the exception of one—to increase public confidence that the police and local councils are dealing with antisocial behaviour and crime issues that matter locally. Each police force will be expected to increase public confidence levels (to be measured by questions in the British Crime Survey) to achieve a 60 per cent. national average by 2012.