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|Table 2: Detections, 2007-08, England and Wales|
1. Searches carried out against the NDNAD of DNA profiles from outstanding serious crimes or for the identification of an unknown deceased person believed to be a United Kingdom national. Reports are issued directly to the United Kingdom National Central Bureau for Interpol (UK NCB), based at the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), as to the outcome of each profile search. There were 727 responses to profile search requests in 2007-08.
2. Requests for the DNA profile held for a subject on the NDNAD, where fingerprints have been provided to the country that the individual currently resides in. Again this is information provided to SOCA. There were 89 subject DNA profiles provided in 2007-08.
3. Database management information. This provides the number of subject and crime scene DNA profile records held on the NDNAD and the number of match reports generated. Countries who do not have a DNA database use this information to demonstrate the success of the United Kingdom Database, to support their case for legislation in their own country for a DNA database.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to reply to question 198757, tabled by the hon. Member for Wycombe on 31 March 2008, on the role of statutory agencies in the Channel Project; 
(2) when she plans to reply to question 198654, tabled by the hon. Member for Wycombe on 31 March 2008, on discussions with police forces on the setting up of the Channel Project to combat violent extremism; 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to reply to Question 198751, tabled by the hon. Member for Wycombe on 31 March 2008, on the criteria to be used to determine the effectiveness of the Channel Project to combat violent extremism; 
(4) when she plans to reply to Question 198754, tabled by the hon. Member for Wycombe on 31 March 2008, on local community groups that the Channel Project to combat violent extremism plans to fund; 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to question 198752 tabled by the hon. Member for Wycombe on 31 March 2008 on discussions with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the Channel project. 
Mr. McNulty: The awards scheme will not continue in 2008. The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) now leads the Government's work in this area and is working very closely with forces, authorities and frontline officers and staff to take this work forward.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 31 March 2008, Official Report, column 602W, on bureaucracy, what proposals were made by those who received awards; and which police forces have adopted each of those proposals. 
1st place: Lancashire Constabularyproposal related to officers no longer responding to requests from the DVLA to seize driving licenses.
Joint 2nd place: Metropolitan Police Serviceproposal suggested bar coding prisoners' property when booked into a station.
3rd place: Thames Valley Policeproposal suggested improvements to exchange of data between officers and officials at DWP.
1st place: Gloucestershire Constabularyproposal suggested digitally recording interviews with suspects.
2nd place: Lancashire Constabularyproposal suggested taking fingerprints on the street to confirm identity.
3rd place: Greater Manchester Policeproposal suggested detention officers issuing penalty notices for disorder (PND) in custody, under the supervision of a police officer.
1st place: Metropolitan Police Serviceproposal suggested automatic self population of originator personal details on electronic forms.
2nd place: Lancashire ConstabularyProposal suggested the production of a PND direct from the police custody computer as a print out.
Special award: Chief Constable Martin Baker (Dorset Constabulary)for his work on the .sorted intranet based initiative.
Mr. McNulty: The role of national bureaucracy adviser came to an end in the summer of 2007. The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) now leads the Government's work in this area and is working very closely with forces, authorities and frontline officers and staff to take this work forward.
Mr. McNulty: The Home Office proposal to develop an Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy is set out in Cm 7448 From the Neighbourhood to National: Policing Our Communities Together at chapter 4 (4.16-4.24).
Initiatives aimed at encouraging people from minority ethnic backgrounds to join the police force vary from force to force, but include: targeted advertising; mentoring; familiarisation days; and specific training to support candidates who may need assistance with language skills. The Government have encouraged the development of dedicated outreach posts to help forces build sustainable
relationships with communities and encourage applications from those groups who are under represented in the service.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many interview panels for police officer recruits in police forces in England and Wales include a person from an ethnic minority as standard practice. 
Mr. McNulty: The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) is responsible for the design and quality assurance of police officer recruitment across England and Wales. New police officers are selected against national recruitment standards using the Police SEARCHÂ(r) Assessment Centre selection technique. The Assessment Centre is centrally designed and locally delivered by forces using nationally accredited assessors and interviewers. There are currently 236 (12.1 per cent.) minority ethnic assessors on the central database of accredited assessors.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what policies are in place to encourage police officers in England and Wales from an ethnic minority background to apply for senior positions. 
Mr. McNulty: The Home Office proposal to develop an Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy is set out in Cm 7448 From the Neighbourhood to National: Policing Our Communities Together at chapter 4 (4.164.24). Our general approach to leadership and senior appointments is set out at chapter3.
Mr. McNulty: The latest available information relates to 31 March 2008 and is given in the following table. Separate information for chief constables and police commanders is not collected centrally so figures for ACPO rank officers are provided instead.
|Number of police officers and staff in post, England and Wales, 31 March 2008( 1)|
|Number in post|
|Measure( 2)||Total||Ethnic minority||Ethnic minority percentage of total|
|(1) Figures relate to the 43 forces in England and Wales, and exclude British Transport Police and secondments to Central Service organisations.|
(2) Measures are in terms of full time equivalents (fte), except for special constables where a head count (hc) measure is appropriate.
(3) Includes Sergeant, Inspector, Chief Inspector, Superintendent, Chief Superintendent and ACPO ranks.
(4) Includes Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Chief Constable; in the Metropolitan Police Service, Commander, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner; in the City of London Police, Commander, Assistant Commissioner and Commissioner.
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