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Hazel Blears (Salford and Eccles, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police force hold positions classified as (a) operational, (b) operational support and (c) organisational support.

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Nick Herbert (The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice; Arundel and South Downs, Conservative)

The most recent figures, on the numbers of officers in these three categories in each police force area in England and Wales as at 31 March 2010, are contained in the following table. The functional group categories were introduced in 1999 and definitions of each category are provided in note 2 of the table. The functional group data have not been published as National Statistics; they are provisional and have not been confirmed with police forces.

Police officer strength( 1) as at 31 March 2010 by functional group( 2)
Operational( 2) Operational support( 2) Organisational support( 3) Total strength( 3)
Avon and Somerset 3,072 152 77 3,301
Bedfordshire 1,168 64 14 1,246
Cambridgeshire 1,289 89 93 1,471
Cheshire 1,840 247 68 2,155
Cleveland 1,342 298 84 1,724
Cumbria 1,176 44 18 1,238
Derbyshire 1,942 107 25 2,074
Devon and Cornwall 3,335 177 45 3,556
Dorset 1,276 196 15 1,486
Durham 1,358 82 67 1,507
Dyfed-Powys 1,081 70 44 1,195
Essex 3,479 107 20 3,606
Gloucestershire 1,168 135 6 1,309
Greater Manchester 7,153 825 170 8,148
Gwent 1,283 10 144 1,437
Hampshire 3,297 346 104 3,748
Hertfordshire 1,992 107 31 2,130
Humberside 1,856 140 61 2,058
Kent 3,424 263 100 3,787
Lancashire 3,293 282 74 3,649
Leicestershire 2,113 156 48 2,317
Lincolnshire 1,131 44 32 1,206
London, City of 814 19 20 852
Merseyside 4,029 342 146 4,516
Metropolitan Police 25,507 7,037 823 33,367
Norfolk 1,550 89 23 1,662
Northamptonshire 1,281 41 21 1,343
Northumbria 3,916 247 24 4,187
North Wales 1,430 121 39 1,590
North Yorkshire 1,371 89 26 1,486
Nottinghamshire 2,310 85 14 2,409
South Wales 2,798 290 60 3,148
South Yorkshire 2,782 82 89 2,953
Staffordshire 1,951 161 48 2,160
Suffolk 1,209 29 8 1,246
Surrey 1,723 76 91 1,890
Sussex 2,962 134 118 3,213
Thames Valley 3,760 432 242 4,434
Warwickshire 901 64 8 973
West Mercia 2,232 140 20 2,391
West Midlands 7,857 626 143 8,626
West Yorkshire 5,577 156 26 5,759
Wiltshire 1,008 149 24 1,181
Total of all 43 forces in England and Wales 126,035 14,347 3,352 143,734
(1) Full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between the totals and the sums of the constituent items.

(2) Numbers of officers with predominant function in one of the three functional groups, which are defined (see below) according with how directly the officer's function is meeting the overarching aims of the police service. The functional group figures are not published, and should be treated as provisional as they have not been verified with police forces (unlike the total strength figures-see note 3 below).

Operational: any member of staff, including covert staff, whose primary role (ie over 50% of their time) is directly to deliver the overarching aims of the police service. To 'directly deliver' the role must involve routine and immediate interface (either face to face or by telephone) with the public, including covert operational staff in such roles can be considered as frontline service providers.

Operational support: any member of staff whose primary role is to support the delivery of the overarching aims of the police service.

Organisational support: any member of staff whose primary role is to service the internal needs of the organisation.

(3) The total strength figures have been verified with police forces, and are published in the Home Office statistical bulletin "Police Service Strength England and Wales, 31 March 2010", available online at:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/hosb1410.pdf

Source:

Home Office (from ADR 571 return received from police forces).

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