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Home Department written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police were assigned to Operation Patrol in Uniform in Wales in each year since 1997.

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

The precise information requested is not collected, but the information in the table has been provided by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) using returns supplied by police forces of the number of officers undertaking particular classes of duty. The basis on which HMIC classify police service staff changed in the year 1999–2000 so the figures for 31 March 2000 and 31 March 2001 are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

The figures up to and including 31 March 1999 cover officers classified as undertaking patrol or traffic duties in roles that could only be filled by a police officer.

The figures for 2000 and 2001 cover operational officers classified as undertaking foot, car or beat patrol, traffic duties, working with police dogs and mounted officers. Operational officers are any, including covert staff, whose primary role is directly to deliver the overarching aims of the police service. Operational officers will not necessarily undertake duties in uniform but the vast majority undertaking patrol functions will do so.

Operational patrol officers (full time equivalent)
As at 31 March Dyfed— Powys Gwent North Wales South Wales
1997 648 826 855 1,714
1998 687 800 895 1,623
1999 690 857 851 1,809
2000 706 841 794 1,859
2001 537 724 820 1,917

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