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Front-line Policing

Home Department written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Tony Lloyd Tony Lloyd Labour, Manchester Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which police forces the largest change in front-line police officers has taken place since May 2010.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

Between March 2010 and March 2012, the total number of front-line officers fell by 6,778. West Midlands police saw the greatest reduction in front-line officer numbers. Over the past year, crime there has fallen by 10%, much more than the national average, proving that what matters is not the number of officers, but how they are deployed and how effective they are at fighting crime.

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