Session 2007-08, 3 December 2008
HOME AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WELCOMES PROGRESS ON PROPOSALS TO CUT POLICE RED TAPE
The Home Affairs Committee welcomes the publication last Friday of the consultation responses to the Policing Green Paper and in particular the support identified for proposals to reduce bureaucracy across the police service.
In its report on Policing in the 21st Century, the Committee concluded that proposals for more standardised forms across the service, funding for mobile devices, greater use of police staff and more effective use of IT would be key to ensuring police officers spend more time on visible patrol: currently the average officer spends 20-30% of their time on paperwork.
Committee Chairman Keith Vaz MP said:
"We welcome this further commitment on the part of the Government to a more visible police presence on our streets.
"We urge the Government to take account of our recommendations in delivering the Green Paper proposals, in particular to ensure that all frontline police officers have access to a mobile device and national implementation of more concise crime recording forms."