HC Deb 04 December 2003 vol 415 c154W
John Mann

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Home Office sets as a minimum acceptable number of detectives, on a monthly basis, for an individual police Basic Command Unit. [140581]

Ms Blears

[holding answer 1 December 2003]The Secretary of State sets no targets for the number of detectives. The number of detectives for any given Basic Command Unit or specialist unit is ultimately a matter for chief officers of police and will depend on factors such as local crime patterns and the strategy to address them.

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