Police Effectiveness

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Office – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 31st January 2005.

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Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 2:30 pm, 31st January 2005

The hon. Gentleman will know that we agree absolutely that we need to drive up the amount of time that police officers spend on front-line policing. That is a very important measure to us this year. I am keen to see not only police officers, but community support officers, of whom there are a number in his own force—I think that he has 149 CSOs at the moment out there on patrol—because it is important for the public that police officers and CSOs are out there reassuring them and being visible, accessible and in touch.