House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd July 2012.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have informed the police that they no longer have to meet any targets relating to Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, covering offences of causing harassment, alarm or distress.
The Government have never imposed any specific targets on forces in relation to Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, covering offences of causing harassment, alarm or distress.
Furthermore, the Government removed the only central target on the police, which was in relation to public confidence, in order to promote professional discretion, reduce bureaucracy, and support the introduction of democratic accountability through police and crime commissioners. The Government's reform programme for policing, including scrapping the confidence target, has been clearly communicated to the service.
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