Police

Home Department written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Jim Dowd Jim Dowd Labour, Lewisham West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police driving schools there were in England and Wales in each of the past 10 years; and how many police officers took (a) a standard driving course and (b) an advanced driving course in each year.

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

Each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales has a police driving school. It is for individual chief constables to determine which officers should undertake driving courses according to the nature of their role. Under internal police procedures and policies, officers may not operate warning equipment (e.g. blue lights) or exceed the speed limit in responding to 999 calls unless they have achieved the requisite driving standards. Police drivers may not undertake pursuits unless they have successfully completed the advanced driving course.

Association of Chief Police Officers policy is that driving skills should be re-assessed every three to five years. In addition, line managers should review driving standards as part of the annual appraisal process.

The available information on numbers of police officers who took a standard driving course and an advanced driving course is shown in the following table.

Police forces/date Standard 1994–2004 Advanced 1994–2004
Avon and Somerset
2004 116 33
2003 230 59
2002 102 15
2001 98 35
2000 82 6
1999 117 0
1998 139 0
Bedfordshire
2004 124 36
2003 100 24
2002 96 18
2001 54 0
Cambridgeshire
2004 63 27
2003 132 51
2002 14 15
2001 104 15
2000 22 12
1999 50 12
1998 66 9
1997 92 12
1996 50 15
1995 51 12
Cheshire
2004 117 77
2003 104 53
2002 78 84
2001 52 54
2000 52 42
1999 52 43
1998 78 47
1997 65 77
1996 78 78
1995 156 60
1994 182 47
Cleveland
2004 82 11
2003 112 11
2002 84 6
2001 68 12
2000 29 3
1999 34 3
1998 54 2
1997 90 2
1996 75 0
1995 83 7
Cumbria
2004 95 12
2003 95 18
2002 95 8
2001 95 10
2000 95 12
1999 95 12
1998 95 25
1997 95 12
1996 95 12
Derbyshire
2004 164 60
2003 95 35
2002 120 51
2001 116 6
2000 79 30
1999 75 28
1998 124 44
1997 91 17
1996 66 16
1995 54 33
Devon and Cornwall
2004 233 28
2003 134 17
2002 134 17
2001 84 16
2000 54 16
Dorset
2004 54 33
2003 102 27
2002 93 20
2001 90 22
2000 36 27
1999 62 24
1998 27 27
Durham
1995–2004 820 187
Dyfed-Powys
2004 108 30
2003 108 30
2002 54 15
2001 54 15
2000 54 15
Essex
2004 0 43
2003 60 9
2002 223 6
2001 213 0
2000 125 6
1999 67 20
1998 132 22
1997 93 35
1996 122 19
1995 94 25
1994 130 29
Gloucestershire
1994–2004 800 200
Greater Manchester
1994–2004 3,642 442
Gwent
2004 72 35
2003 72 35
2002 72 35
2001 72 30
2000 72 30
Hampshire
2004 96 48
2003 69 21
2002 84 42
2001 75 69
2000 87 54
1999 72 42
1998 81 24
Hertfordshire
2004 161 46
2003 184 67
2002 90 36
2001 85 12
2000 90 12
1999 60 n/a
1998 20 n/a
1997 35 25
1996 53 36
1995 34 34
Humberside
2004 52 35
2003 66 36
2002 105 28
2001 47 15
2000 44 23
1999 54 15
1998 58 35
1997 70 18
1996 53 33
1995 79 26
Kent(8)
2004 270
2003 185
2002 147
2001 109
2000 89
1999 119
1998 112
1997 108
1996 121
1995 102
Lancashire
2004 181 53
2003 188 34
2002 176 23
2001 123 43
2000 49 66
1999 95 65
1998 184 84
1997 272 92
1996 198 84
1995 104 148
Leicestershire
2004 135 39
2003 123 51
2002 120 51
2001 138 45
2000 138 51
1999 156 51
1998 81 54
1997 102 21
1996 114 21
1995 147 27
1994 138 39
Lincolnshire
2004 75 9
London Metropolitan Police
1995–2004 13,077 2,776
London City
2004 42 33
2003 31 22
Merseyside
2004 177 90
2003 170 101
2002 165 41
2001 141 78
2000 151 60
1999 193 57
1998 157 33
Norfolk
2004 85 23
2003 109 34
2002 113 33
2001 121 26
2000 66 30
1999 72 44
1998 62 28
1997 60 20
1996 76 27
1995 71 0
Northamptonshire
2004 40 20
2003 40 20
2002 40 20
Northumbria
2004 188 52
2003 179 59
2002 240 33
2001 134 64
2000 208 60
1999 132 23
1998 76 32
1997 150 45
1996 147 35
1995 124 16
North Wales
2004 226 26
2003 170 57
2002 199 48
2001 295 25
2000 111 4
North Yorkshire(9)
2004 147 15
Nottinghamshire
2003–04 153 74
2002–03 115 66
South Wales
2004 190 36
2003 270 11
2002 0 0
2001 218 42
2000 225 57
1999 180 45
1998 0 0
1997 0 0
1996 75 36
1995 90 36
South Yorkshire
1999–2004 768 234
Staffordshire
2004 97 30
2003 152 77
2002 127 44
Suffolk
2004 79 18
2003 104 38
2002 118 33
2001 92 33
2000 58 21
1999 45 13
1998 49 17
1997 50 11
1996 55 3
1995 52 7
Surrey
2004 180 40
2003 160 40
2002 160 40
2001 200 30
2000 180 30
1999 150 30
Sussex
2004 150 33
2003 114 21
2002 144 33
2001 82 24
Thames Valley
2004 400 79
2003 525 63
2002 452 66
2001 342 69
2000 192 68
Warwickshire
2004 45 16
2003 105 10
2002 70
2001 70
2000 70
West Mercia
2004 150 78
1995–2003 825 430
West Midlands
2004 400 67
2003 400 50
2002 400 43
2001 400 30
2000 n/a 30
1999 n/a 85
1998 n/a 97
1997 n/a 220
1996 n/a 211
1995 n/a 138
West Yorkshire
1995–2005 320 200
Wiltshire
2004 60 12
2003 60 12

(8) Total amount for standard and advanced.

(9) Only 2004 figures available.

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