Police

Home Department written question – answered on 1st September 2004.

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Photo of Mr Parmjit Gill Mr Parmjit Gill Liberal Democrat, Leicester South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage change there has been in the number of police officers in each year since 1997 in (a) Leicester, (b) Leicestershire and (c) England.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Information on the strength for the Leicestershire Constabulary and for England for each year since 1997 is set out in Table 1. Information on strength at Basic Command Unit (BCU) level is collected annually and reflects the position at the end of March. Information on BCU strength is only available from 2002 and is set out in Table 2.

Leicestershire Constabulary restructured its BCUs in 2002–03 resulting in a reduction from five to four BCUs by 31 March 2003. Table 2 therefore sets out strength for each BCU. Overall BCU strength increased between March 2002 and March 2003 by 1.2 per cent. (from 1,555 to 1,574 officers). BCU numbers for March 2004 will be published later in the year. The deployment of officers to BCUs is a matter for the Chief Constable (Matthew Baggott) and within each BCU deployment of officers is a matter for the Divisional Commander.

Table 1: Police strength—(a) Leicestershire Constabulary 1997 to 2004, (b) England 1997 to 2004
Police strength(61) Percentage change
(a) Leicestershire police strength: 1997–2004
31 March 1997 1,949
31 March 1998 1,983 +1.7
31 March 1999 1,993 +0.5
31 March 2000 1,993
31 March 2001 2,033 +2.0
31 March 2002 2,100 +3.3
31 March 2003 2,114 +0.7
31 May 2004 2,264 +7.1
(b) Police strength: England 1997–2004
31 March 1997 118,459
31 March 1998 118,139 -0.3
31 March 1999 117,195 -0.8
31 March 2000 115,324 -1.6
31 March 2001 116,440 + 1.0
31 March 2002 120,073 +3.1
31 March 2003 124,158 +3.4
31 May 2004 130,272 +4.9

(61) Source for 1997 to March 2003 is the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate (RDS). May 2004 was collected separately outside of the normal data collection arrangements and has not been subject to the same validation as RDS data. All figures are full-time equivalents.

Table 2: Basic Command Unit strength—Leicestershire Constabulary
Basic Command Unit March 2002 March 2003
Central 325.7 415
East 305.5 399
North 279.4 354
South 291.8
West 352.5 406

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All figures are full-time equivalents.

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