HC Deb 23 July 2002 vol 389 cc1049-50W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of police officers accepted into the Metropolitan Police in each year from 1997 have minor criminal records. [30452]

Mr. Denham

[holding answer 29 January 2002]: I am informed by the Commissioner that no central record of this information is held by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

The MPS follow the Home Office National Recruitment Standards on criminal convictions, agreed with the Police Service and issued in October 2001.

Applicants who have been convicted or cautioned may still be eligible for appointment, depending on the nature and circumstances of their offence.

Number of operations involving armed response vehicles (ARVs)
1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01
Gwent 47 39 27 17
North Wales 260 298 354 155
South Wales 97 136 220 298
Total 7,544 7,791 8,276 8,179

1These forces have changed the counting method for incidents to which ARVs are deployed.