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Mr. Denham: Under the Crime Fighting Fund (CFF) recruitment initiative, Hertfordshire constabulary has been allocated a total of 107 additional officers, over and above the force's previous recruitment plans for the three years to March 2003.
I know that the force has been experiencing difficulty in attracting recruits and was not able to recruit any of its CFF allocation in 200001. In recognition of these difficulties, the force has been allowed to defer its allocation from 200001 into 200102. The force will now be able to recruit up to 70 officers through the CFF in 200102.
On 12 March my right hon. Friend the then Home Secretary announced that he had agreed to the Police Negotiating Board's recommendation for new allowances for certain officers serving in a number of forces in the south-east. The affected officers are those appointed since 1 September 1994 and not in receipt of Housing Allowance. For such officers in Hertfordshire the new allowance is £2,000 per annum. It has been payable since 1 April 2001.
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Mr. Denham: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced the most recent police numbers on 28 June. On 31 March 2001, police numbers in England and Wales were 125,519. This is an increase of 1,349 over 31 March last year. It is a clear indication that the Crime Fighting Fund which is intended to deliver an additional 9,000 recruits over three years is taking effect .
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(10) Information for 1996 to 2000 is available only by calendar year
(11) Figures are for full-time equivalent staff
Mr. Denham: The powers of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary to decide on the number of police officers in each rank for each force were removed under the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994. It is for Chief Officers of Police to determine staffing levels for sergeants, inspectors and other ranks within the overall resources available.
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Mr. Keith Bradley: We have a wide agenda across Government concerned with tackling youth crime and disorder. We have introduced programmes which focus on the family; tackle deprivation; address truancy and school exclusion; deal with alcohol-related crime and disorder and under-age drinking; and address drug misuse among young people.
We have also made improvements to the youth justice system. Tackling delays to speed up justice; expanding the powers available to the police and the courts, establishing new youth justice structures and intervention programmes. And we are continuing to bring in new measures and programmes to tackle youth offending.
Beverley Hughes: The Government have put in place a major programme of reforms to tackle youth offending. We have overhauled youth justice and introduced a wide range of prevention policies to stop young people becoming involved in crime.
Beverley Hughes: The Government are committed to ensuring the effective execution of the sentences of the courts so as to reduce reoffending and protect the public. The Prison Service, in conjunction with other criminal justice agencies, has a target of reducing the rate of reconvictions of all offenders punished by imprisonment or by community supervision by 5 per cent. by April 2004 compared to the predicted rate. The Service is investing an additional £31 million in the period 200102, £30 million in 200203 and £71 million in 200304, from the Spending Review 2000 on work on basic skills, drugs, offending behaviour programmes and resettlement to help achieve this objective.
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Mr. Denham: The local crime and disorder reduction partnerships, established by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, ensure that the resources and commitment of local authorities and a wide range of other local organisations are harnessed to support the police in the fight against crime. This joint effort has helped secure the 10 per cent. reduction in crime measured by the British Crime Survey 2000.
Partnerships have been allocated a total of £50 million this year to tackle drugs problems, under the Communities Against Drugs initiative, and this will rise to £70 million in 200203 and £100 million in 200304. The Communities Against Drugs toolkit is available on the Crime Reduction website (www.crimereduction.gov.uk) and further written guidance is under preparation. Advice to partnerships is being provided by the Crime Reduction Directors and by the Drugs Prevention Advisory Service (DPAS) in the regions in England, and in Wales by the Crime Reduction Director and the Substance Misuse Intervention Branch.
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