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Roads: Traffic Officers

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 30 April (WA 77), whether the introduction of traffic officers has released the police from traffic duties and patrols; and, if so, what is the financial saving to police budgets. [HL3386]

Prior to the introduction of Highways Agency traffic officers, it was estimated that the associated transfer of particular roles and responsibilities would free up the equivalent of 540 full- time equivalent police officers. The police remain, however, responsible for tackling crime and enforcing the law on roads as elsewhere and for investigating road traffic collisions. Police patrols can also provide reassurance and increase public confidence. It is for individual chief officers to decide how to deploy their resources as they consider most effective and appropriate, including the resources freed up by the introduction of traffic officers.