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Police: Crime Levels

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any research demonstrating a connection between police numbers and crime levels.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Research indicates there is no simple link between officer numbers and crime levels.

The Government believe that police forces can make savings while protecting the frontline. We do not accept that reducing costs will cause an increase in crime. What matters is how resources are used and how officers are deployed.

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