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Those items surrendered should be destroyed in accordance with local force procedures. In considering destruction options forces should judge how to maximise the media opportunity presented and ensure that any possibility of weapons being re-circulated is removed.
Mr. McNulty: The Home Office conducted a knife amnesty from 24 May to the end of June 2006. Data from the amnesty were collected at police force level. Durham police reported that 1,062 items were handed in.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of their time on average police officers spent (a) completing paperwork and (b) on patrol in each of the last five years. 
Time spent on patrol is defined as time visible to the public and available to respond. As soon as an officer on patrol responds to an incident, or carries out any other activity, this ceases to be counted as time on patrol. The measure of time on patrol is therefore not an indicator of total frontline police presence. At the end of March 2006, 63.1 per cent. of police officer time was spent on frontline duties, as measured by the frontline policing measure.
Policing necessarily requires accurate recording, for example to ensure accountability and guard against abuse of powers, to prepare case files, or to take witness statements. Non-incident paperwork includes that relating to complaints, truancy sweeps, community policing activities, line management activities, and inquiries that do not progress to incident status.
|Table A: All Officers|
|Year( 1)||Time spent on incident- related paperwork||Time spent on non incident- related paperwork||Total time spent on paperwork||Time spent on patrol( 2)||Frontline Policing Measure( 3)|
|(1) Data were not collected before 2003. The information is taken from activity analysis, which is collected by all forces over a two-week period in each year and provides a snapshot of how officers are deployed. (2) Includes officers on foot/car/beat patrol, CID and traffic officers. (3 )Data were not collected before 2003.|
|Table B: Patrol Officers|
|Year( 1)||Time spent on incident-related paperwork||Time spent on non incident-related paperwork||Total time spent on paperwork||Time spent on patrol|
|(1) Data were not collected before 2003. The information is taken from activity analysis, which is collected by all forces over a two-week period in each year and provides a snapshot of how officers are deployed.|
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the establishment of combined police stations for civilian police, Ministry of Defence police and Royal Military police. 
Mr. McNulty: We have not had discussions with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence about establishing combined police stations for civilian police, the Ministry of Defence police and the Royal Military police.
|Police officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) for Cheshire police as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006|
|As at 31 March each year||Police officers|
|(1) This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items|
(2) Full-time equivalent excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of proposals to reduce the numbers of police officers in Cumbria. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 19 February 2007]: It is a matter for the chief constable in consultation with the police authority to determine the number of police officers that are employed by the Cumbria constabulary.
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 28 February 2007]: Data as at December 2006 are not yet available. The most recent published police strength data by rank and police force relates to 31 March 2006 and was published in Table 4 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin, Police Service Strength in England and Wales (HOSB 13/06). A copy of the table follows.
|Table 4: Police officer strength as at 31 March 2006 by police force area, rank and gender, and officers per 100,000 population, England and Wales|
|Full-time equivalents( 1)|
|Police force||ACPO rank||Chief Superintendent||Superintendent||Chief Inspector||Inspector||Sergeant||Constable||Total male ranks|
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