Police

Home Department written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster Conservative, North East Milton Keynes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) community support officers and (b) frontline policemen were recruited for the Milton Keynes Basic Command Unit in each year between 1997 and 2005.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State, Home Office

Milton Keynes is a Basic Command Unit (BCU) within the Thames Valley Police force.

The requested data are not collected centrally. Available data for the number of police community support officers annually recruited relate only to force area level and from 2002-03 onwards. Available data for the number of police officers annually recruited are only available at force area level.

Table 1: Joining figures for Police Community Support Officers within Thames Valley police force (FTE)( 1) 2002-03 to 2004-05( 2)
PCSO Joiners( 2)
2002-03 0
2003-04 5
2004-05 77
(1) Full Time Equivalent. Includes those officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

(2) Joining figures also include transfers from other forces within England and Wales.

Note: Police community support officers were introduced in statute in 2002, therefore data is not available prior to 2002-03.

Table 2: Joining figures for Police Officers within Thames Valley police force (FTE)( 1) 1997-98 to 2004-05( 2)
Police Officers Joining( 2)
2001-02 321
2003-04 520
1997-98 276
1998-99 153
1999-2000 190
2000-01 237
2002-03 458
2004-05 395
(1) Full Time Equivalent. Includes those officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. (2) Joining figures also include transfers from other forces within England and Wales. Note: Data not available prior to 1997-98.

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