Karl McCartney (Lincoln, Conservative)
(1) what assessment she has made of the adequacy of police officer numbers trained to deal with public order offences during the public disorder of August 2011;
(2) what estimate she has made of the number of (a) level one and (b) level two public order police officers in each of the last 10 years;
(3) if she will consider establishing a central record of the number of level 1 and level 2 public order police officers.
Nick Herbert (The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice; Arundel and South Downs, Conservative)
Training is an operational matter for the police service. The Home Office does not collect information about the number of public order trained officers.
In response to the August disorders of 2011, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) was asked by the Home Secretary to review the national policing response. HMIC's report “Rules of Engagement: A review of the August 2011 disorders” was published in December 2011. This report made four overarching recommendations, three of which directly relate to ensuring the adequacy of public order trained officers. We are working with the police service to ensure that they are prepared for the public order challenges of the future.