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Departmental Theft

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to deter theft from within the Department. (322644)

The Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) has actively promoted a number of crime reduction initiatives throughout the Ministry of Defence (MOD). One such initiative is the “office watch” scheme, which encourages the safeguarding of MOD offices and MOD property by raising awareness of staff, in relation to their own and others’ personal property, as well as property of the MOD. The MDP also have 63 community based Beat Officers, who are trained crime reduction officers working in MOD establishments across the country. These officers provide an effective deterrent to potential criminals, by raising the awareness of staff, service personnel, service families and contractors. At sites where there are no trained MDP crime reduction personnel present, all staff, and also contractors and visitors, are encouraged to work together to make their places of employment and homes safer and more secure.