HC Deb 08 June 2004 vol 422 c339W
Lynne Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will implement the recommendation on oversight arrangements in relation to visible security patrols in residential areas set out in the recent Joseph Rowntree Foundation study. [176393]

Ms Blears

Responsibility for co-ordinating the deployment of the extended police family at a local level is a matter for local employers, such as individual chief officers or local authorities, in partnership with other local community safety related organisations. We shall continue to work closely with stakeholders to ensure maximum clarity on how these roles can be best used while not restricting local flexibility. The pending report of the Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) Thematic on Civilianisation and the evaluation findings from the £13 million suite of workforce modernisation pilots launched in March 2004 will add to our evidence-base of effective practice.

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