Police: Northern Ireland

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there are circumstances in which the Police Service of Northern Ireland will not attend the scene of a crime; and, if so, what are those circumstances.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food), The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

I have been informed by the PSNI that its call grading policy (which is currently under review) grades calls into four categories as follows:

emergency response;normal response;scheduled response; and no attendance

PSNI's policy in respect of a call in which no attendance is appropriate is defined as:

an attendance of an officer is not required and the incident can be concluded by the person taking the call or the incident should be dealt with by an outside agency.

Further guidance on such calls states that they are to be resolved by telephone, using a problem-solving approach appropriate to the callers needs. Where the scenario of a call relates to a minor crime report where no investigation is possible, no attendance is required.

The PSNI will therefore attend all crime scenes except where it relates to a minor crime report where no investigation is possible.

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