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Mr. McNulty [holding answer 10 July 2008]: Since April there has been a neighbourhood policing team in every areameeting the Government's commitment. Neighbourhood policing gives local communities a role in deciding policing priorities by working with them to identify and tackle local problems together, as well as providing a highly visible presence.
Both Sir Ronnie Flanagan's review of policing and the Casey review Engaging Communities in Fighting Crime contain recommendations about how best to embed neighbourhood policing and ensure communities have a say in how they are policed. In the forthcoming policing Green Paper the new police pledge will take forward many of the recommendations and will set out new national standards for the police service to ensure the public receive visible, accountable and responsive policing.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of police resources is allocated to traffic policing in England and Wales, broken down by police force area; how many dedicated traffic police officers there were in each year since 1997, broken down by police force area; what recent discussions she has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on the number of dedicated traffic police officers; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: The Home Office police funding formula is designed to assess the relative need for resources between police authorities in England and Wales. The formula does not assign specific funding for any particular aspect of policing. Allocation of resources to specific areas of work within a force is a matter for the police authority and chief officer.
The Government have set implementation of the national roads policing strategy as a key action for the police in the national community safety plan. How they set about implementing the strategy is an operational matter for the police.
|Police Officers (FTE)( 1) whose primary function is Traffic( 2) from 2002 - 03 to 2006 - 07|
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