Police Forces (Collaboration)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 19th March 2012.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Minister for Women and Equalities, The Secretary of State for the Home Department 2:30 pm, 19th March 2012

I am happy to confirm to my right hon. Friend that only police officers have the power of arrest. They will continue to patrol the streets, to respond to 999 calls, and to lead investigations. The public expect the police to be experts in catching criminals, and that is what we want them to be. We do not want them to be experts in human resources or IT, which are entirely the sorts of areas that can involve collaboration with the private sector.