HC Deb 04 February 2002 vol 379 cc674-5W
Mr. Greg Knight

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the level of training direction and guidance given to police officers driving to emergency incidents. [30821]

Mr. Denham

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) recognises that the police service has a fundamental duty to equip officers with the necessary skills, through training, to undertake their operational tasks successfully and safely.

In December 2000, ACPO launched its new police driver training course, introducing a universal standard for driving in England and Wales. An essential element of the course is to emphasise that officers must recognise the need to give priority to public safety above all other considerations such as attending an incident or apprehending a suspect.