To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department
(1) what steps her Department is taking to ensure that operational control remains with chief police officers under the Business Partnering for Police Project;
(2) whether she has made an assessment of the compatibility of the public service ethos of the police with the involvement of profit-making private sector companies in core public policing activity through the Business Partnering for Police Project.
The Business Partnering for the Police programme in the West Midlands and Surrey is a matter for the relevant police authorities and forces. The private sector can help to deliver some police services better and at lower cost. The Government are clear, however, that policing will remain a public service, accountable to the people through elected Police and Crime Commissioners with chief constables retaining operational control and accountability.