Home Department written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of working time police officers in each police force spent on frontline policing duties in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

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

The Home Office does not hold this information centrally.

The Home Office does however collect police officer functions data which are used by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to calculate the number of operational frontline police officers in each police force area. These figures (and information on visible police officers) are published from 2010 onwards as part of the ‘Valuing the Police’ inspection programme, which can be found at:


These figures relate to each officer’s predominant function over the year, rather than the proportion of their working time.

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