§ Ms Blears
The recruitment and deployment of community support officers (CSOs) is a matter for chief officers. In December 2002 the Home Office issued a "Frequently Asked Questions" document which gave some advice on these issues. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has also published a more detailed guidance document on CSOs, with material on both recruitment and deployment. This guidance is available to chief officers on the ACPO intranet site.
§ Ms Blears
The 27 forces who received first round Community Support Officer (CSO) funding are required to carry out a formal evaluation of their schemes. I expect to receive their initial findings by the end of September. In addition to this I have already received a significant amount of informal evidence, such
Consultation papers launched in 2001 Title Number of responses Available figures for cost (£) Animal Procedures—review of the Ethical Review Process 139 35,000 Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000—New Laws for a successful Multi-Racial Britain 302 30,000 Review of the victims Charter n/a n/a The Law on Extradition: a review 15 82,000 Animal Rights Extremism: Government Strategy: A Consultation 55 n/a The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 A consultation leaflet 95 2,155 Guidance for the use of an Intermediary under s.29 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 86 80,617 Funding Community Groups: a consultation document 235 3,742 The Halliday Report—Making punishments work 305 75,000 Consultation of use of X/Gamma Radiation Scanner. n/a n/a Extension of Civil Penalties to Freight Shuttle Wagons n/a n/a Consultation Paper on the Review of Part 1 of the Sex Offenders Act 1997 46 50,000 plus Accessing Communications data—draft code of practice n/a n/a Police and Criminal Evidence Act—Code F 10 n/a Ratification of the Driving Disqualification Convention 46 n/a Review of Family Visitors Appeals n/a n/a
as letters from members of the public, indicating that CSOs have been a great success in combating low level crime and reassuring the public.