Home Department written question – answered on 23rd February 2005.

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Photo of Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Labour, Rochdale

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in Rochdale there were (a) in 1997 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available.

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

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.

Between March 2002 and March 2004 full-time equivalent police officer numbers for the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough (P) Division increased by 12.5 per cent. (from 409 in March 2002 to 460 in March 2004). The deployment of officers to BCUs is a matter for the Chief Constable (Michael Todd QPM) and within the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough (P) Division deployment of officers is a matter for the Divisional Commander.

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