Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Police Patrols

    14. Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he collates on the proportion of police officers involved in patrolling public places on (a) foot and (b) in vehicles. [47074]

    Angela Eagle: Her Majesty‘s Inspectorate of Constabulary collect data on the proportion of police officers who are predominately assigned to operational patrol in uniform, either on foot or in a vehicle (including bicycles and motor cycles). Traffic and motorway patrols and dog sections are excluded from these figures. Her Majesty‘s Inspectorate of Constabulary‘s data do not differentiate between time spent patrolling on foot or in vehicles.

    In 2000?01, 48.3 per cent. of police officers in England and Wales were assigned to operational patrol. For Hertfordshire, 54.3 per cent. of officers were assigned to this function.

    However, we know from the PA Consulting report, “Diary of a Police Officer”, that too much time is spent in the police station on paperwork. We are determined to find a solution to this so that officers can spend more time out of the station.

    22 April 2002 col28-29W