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The number of police officers and staff deployed by the Merseyside police is a matter for the chief constable and the police authority to determine, subject to the budget set by the authority.
At the end of March 2005 Merseyside police had 4,317 police officers, an increase of 195 since March 2004. The force also employed 2,114 police staff at the end of March 2005. At the end of June 2005 there were 164 community support officers. This is expected to increase to 191 by the end of March 2006.