HC Deb 21 November 1985 vol 87 cc272-4W
Mr. Tony Banks

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the planned effects of the reorganisation of the Metropolitan police on (a) the four area robbery squads, (b) the area intelligence surveillance units, (c) the special patrol group, (d) the district support units, (e) district crime squads and (f) the district juvenile bureaux in relation to their number, location, function and strength.

Mr. Giles Shaw

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that the future roles and organisation of the squads and units mentioned are currently the subject of consultation within the force and, where appropriate, with community representatives. No decisions will be taken until these consultations have been completed.

Mr. Tony Banks

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will provide a breakdown of the current establishment and strength of the Metropolitan police (a) by division, (b) by area and (c) by rank in each division; and if he will identify ranked officers as uniformed or CID;

(2) if he will detail the location of the following specialist units within the Metropolitan police force following reorganisation; the central drugs squad, the antiterrorist squad, the Metropolitan and City police fraud branch, the diplomatic protection group, the serious crimes squad, the flying squad, the No. 9 district regional crime squad, the criminal intelligence branch, the special branch, A8 central information unit, the central intelligence unit, the national identification bureaux, the public sector corruption index and the Metropolitan police laboratory; if he will give the strength of each branch, squad and unit, indicating officers by rank, uniformed and CID function; and if he will give figures showing the strength of the civilian support staff allocated to each branch, squad and unit;

(3) how many civilian and uniformed staff are employed in the Metropolitan police public information department, press office and public relations department at the Metropolitan police headquarters; what rank and what grades they hold; how many officers are employed on similar work in each division and area; and if he will provide the total staff costs and force expenditure on public relations and promotional material for each year since 1979;

(4) how many civilians are employed by the Metropolitan police force in each division; if he will give details of the numbers by grade for each division; what is the basic salary for each grade; what are the average earnings for each grade; what is the value of fringe benefits for each grade; and what is the average overtime earned by each grade;

(5) if he will provide a staff breakdown by (a) Department and (b) rank located in the Metropolitan police headquarters and identify them as either uniformed or CID officers.

Mr. Giles Shaw

I shall write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Tony Banks

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the titles of the branches and squads for which each of the four Metropolitan police departments is now responsible following reorganisation.

Mr. Giles Shaw

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis tells me that the branches and units which comprise the four Metropolitan police headquarters departments are as follows:

Territorial Operations Department
Branch Description
A.2 Duties in divisions, operational requirements for police buildings; supervision, etc. neighbourhood policing.
A.3 Administration matters, courts, obscene publications, aliens deportation.
A.4 Firearms, shotguns, liquor licensing, animals, gaming.
A.5 Mounted branch.
A.6 Metropolitan special constabulary.
A.7 Race and community relations, juveniles, crime prevention
A.8 Public order, ceremonials, operational support, dogs, forward planning unit.
A.9 Special patrol group.
A.10 Thames division.
B.1 Traffic secretariat.
B.2 Traffic management, road safety, and accident research.
B.3 Public carriage office.
B.4 Traffic legislation and process.
B.7 Traffic warden administration.
B.8 Traffic patrols and car pounds.
B.9 Central ticket office.
B.10 Transport.
B.11 Transport common services.

Specialist Operations Department
Branch Description
R.D.P.D. Royalty and diplomatic protection.
B.5 Crime report information system.
B.6 Communications, command and control; air support; computer liaison.
B.14 Miscellaneous force indices.
C.1 Serious crimes branch (including central drugs squad).
C.2 Case papers; correspondence.
C.3 Fingerprint, photographic and scenes of crime branch.

Branch Description
C.4 National identification bureau.
C.5 Crime policy, secretariat and legislation; Interpol.
C.6 Metropolitan and City police, company fraud department.
C.8 Central robbery squad.
C.11 Criminal intelligence branch.
C.12 Regional crime squad.
C.13 Anti-terrorist branch.
Special branch.
M.P. forensic science laboratory.

Personnel and Training Department
Branch Description
D.1 Recruitment (police).
D.2 Personnel (police).
D.3 Police welfare.
D.4 Married quarters, section houses.
D.5 Career planning, staff inspection, ethnic recruiting and equal opportunities.
D.6 Training administration.
D.7 Cadet training school.
D.8 Recruit training.
D.9 Detective training school.
D.10 Driver and telecommunications training.
D.11 Firearms training.
D.12 Metropolitan Police Publications.
D.13 Training Planning Unit.
D.14 Medical and Dental Branch.
D. 15 Specialist Training.

Management Support Department

Force planning unit.

Policy analysis unit.

Policy committee secretariat.

Directorate of management services.

Complaints investigation bureau.

Directorate of public affairs.

The location of the functions of many of these branches is currently the subject of review and consultation as part of the force reorganisation. Some headquarters responsibilities will in due course be devolved to areas or divisions or transferred between headquarters departments.

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