Police

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 4th November 2002.

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Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Question S1W-30072

To ask the Scottish Executive how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian staff there were in each police force (i) on 1 April and (ii) on average in each year since 1996.

Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat

Police and support staff strength figures are collected at 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December each year. The information is shown in the following tables.

Police Officer Strength as at 31 March

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1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

Central Scotland

657

686

703

719

721

733

719

Dumfries and Galloway

390

412

439

437

451

478

482

Fife

790

831

855

846

837

852

912

Grampian

1,172

1,173

1,193

1,249

1,215

1,273

1,258

Lothian and Borders

2,534

2,691

2,691

2,615

2,584

2,670

2,700

Northern

640

649

657

660

653

668

683

Strathclyde

7,216

7,231

7,299

7,135

7,101

7,318

7,327

Tayside

1,113

1,116

1,143

1,149

1,137

1,157

1,170

Total

14,512

14,789

14,980

14,810

14,699

15,149

15,251

Source: Quarterly Strength Returns (QSRs) from forces.

Average Police Strength

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

Central Scotland

661

690

712

714

725

719

Dumfries and Galloway

400

430

441

454

464

476

Fife

816

850

847

836

847

886

Grampian

1,167

1,189

1,226

1,226

1,243

1,270

Lothian and Borders

2,618

2,692

2,636

2,586

2,646

2,659

Northern

644

649

660

658

657

677

Strathclyde

7,213

7,326

7,196

7,096

7,187

7,299

Tayside

1,118

1,133

1,150

1,141

1,152

1,163

Total

14,642

14,959

14,867

14,711

14,920

15,148

Note:

Calculated using information from QSRs.

Support Staff Strength as at 31 March

(Full-Time Equivalents)

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

Central Scotland

188

216

225

214

218

267

285

Dumfries and Galloway

146

160

218

206

208

240

241

Fife

235

243

246

264

270

299

315

Grampian

439

456

482

522

503

505

589

Lothian and Borders

988

1,026

1,013

1,074

1,064

1,025

1,076

Northern

324

322

334

341

360

349

358

Strathclyde

1,704

1,904

1,947

1,997

2,051

2,111

2,142

Tayside

398

430

445

461

475

495

529

Total

4,431

4,755

4,957

5,077

5,145

5,291

5,535

Average Support Staff Strength

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

Central Scotland

191

224

216

217

241

280

Dumfries and Galloway

151

210

207

205

225

248

Fife

239

245

252

262

306

309

Grampian

434

475

510

517

501

552

Lothian and Borders

1,017

1,065

1,073

1,090

1,014

1,048

Northern

322

342

344

356

354

357

Strathclyde

1,831

1,938

1,980

2,073

2,098

2,134

Tayside

408

433

456

468

501

512

Total

4,593

4,900

5,025

5,170

5,215

5,439

Note:

Support Staff (FTE and on average) calculated using information from force QSRs.

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