Police spent one in seven hours on the beat


Police spend just one in every seven hours patrolling the streets to tackle problems such as anti-social behaviour because of the Government’s failure to slash red tape.

The average officer spends less than 14 per cent of a shift on the beat and almost half their time on paperwork and bureaucracy.

And the ratio has got worse despite years of promises from the Government and police chiefs to free up officers and unchain them from their desks.

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