Special Constables (Sussex)

Home Department written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in (i) Sussex police and (ii) nationally in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998, (d) 1999 and (e) 2000.

Photo of John Denham John Denham Minister (Home Office) (Police and Crime Reduction)

holding answer 6 November 2001

The number of serving special constables in England and Wales and the number of specials serving in Sussex police from 30 September 1997 to 30 September 2000 are set out in the table:

Year Total strength(9) Strength in Sussex
1997 19,163 465
1998 17,296 415
1999 15,727 377
2000 13,487 317

(9) England and Wales


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The Government are committed to increasing the special constabulary and we are looking at radical improvements in their management, welfare and deployment as part of the police reform process.

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