Police Standards Unit

Home Department written question – answered on 14 June 2005.

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Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation has taken place of the Police Standards Unit since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The effectiveness of the Police Standards Unit (PSU) is subject to the same performance scrutiny regime as every other Unit of the Home Office. The Unit will shortly be publishing its annual report which will set out its accomplishments over the period 2004–05.

In terms of the Unit's work with local areas, over 2003–04, the police forces with whom the PSU was engaged reduced volume crime by 13.3 per cent.—twice the rate of other forces in England and Wales.

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