§ 27. Mr. Nelson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of community policing in rural areas and village communities.
§ Mr. Mayhew
We believe that policing which is adapted to local circumstances and takes account of the wishes of the local community may increase the flow of information to the police about criminal activity, facilitate co-operation between the police and other agencies and improve the relationship between the police and the community. We shall continue to encourage the pursuit of those objectives.
§ 28. Mr. Allan Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will next meet representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers to discuss methods of community policing.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
I meet representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers regularly and we discuss a wide range of matters.