Police Custody

Justice written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 789W, on police custody, how many police forces were under agreement to participate in Operation Safeguard in each of the last 36 months.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Operation Safeguard was activated in October 2006. The first table covers the period since then. In the period from October 2006 to August 2007 the figures given in the table represent the number of police forces in which Safeguard places were used at any point in the month.

In the period September 2007 to May 2008 the figures in the second table represent the number of police forces in which cells were available for immediate use at any point during the month.

The number of police forces in which Safeguard places were used at any point in the month
Month Total number of forces
October 2006 14
November 2006 18
December 2006 22
January 2007 30
February 2007 26
March 2007 31
April 2007 31
May 2007 31
June 2007 26
July 2007 18
August 2007 30
The number of police forces in which cells were available for immediate use at any point during the month
Month Number
September 2007 25
October 2007 28
November 2007 28
December 2007 28
January 2008 24
February 2008 24
March 2008 24
April 2008 8
May 2008 12

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