Police: Ethnic Groups

Home Department written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people classified as being from an ethnic minority were recruited for the post of (a) police officer, (b) police community support officer and (c) special constable by police in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the police work force this represented in each case.

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

The available data for 2002-03 to 2005-06 inclusive are given in the tables.

Police community support officer minority ethnic recruits( 1) to police forces from 2002-03 to 2005-06( 2) (FTE)( 3) and recruits as percentage of total strength
2002-03 2003-04
Minority ethnic recruits Total strength Minority ethnic recruit (percentage) Minority ethnic recruits Total strength Minority ethnic recruit (percentage)
Avon and Somerset 0 0 0 45 0.0
Bedfordshire 0 0 1 12 8.3
Cambridgeshire 0 6 0.0 0 57 0.0
Cheshire 0 2 0.0 0 50 0.0
Cleveland 1 37 2.7 0 77 0.0
Cumbria 0 0 0 0
Derbyshire 0 0 0 0
Devon and Cornwall 0 19 0.0 0 51 0.0
Dorset 0 6 0.0 0 8 0.0
Durham 0 10 0.0 0 28 0.0
Essex 1 10 5.3 0 86 0.0
Gloucestershire 0 0 3 54 5.6
Greater Manchester 13 160 8.1 1 173 0.6
Hampshire 0 0 0 0
Hertfordshire 1 14 7.2 1 46 2.2
Humberside 0 0 0 0
Kent 0 0 0 59 0.0
Lancashire 1 77 1.3 0 110 0.0
Leicestershire 1 28 3.6 6 41 14.6
Lincolnshire 1 29 3.4 0 38 0.0
London, City of 0 0 0 0
Merseyside 2 40 5.0 0 72 0.0
Metropolitan Police 132 513 25.8 368 1,463 25.2
Norfolk 0 12 0.0 0 33 0.0
Northamptonshire 1 12 8.3 0 10 0.0
Northumbria 0 0 1 51 2.0
North Yorkshire 0 0 0 52 0.0
Nottinghamshire 0 10 0.0 2 56 4.4
South Yorkshire 0 14 0.0 1 59 1.7
Staffordshire 0 0 1 7 13.5
Suffolk 0 0 0 15 0.0
Surrey 0 21 0.0 2 56 2.9
Sussex 0 22 0.0 1 83 1.2
Thames Valley 0 0 0 7 0.0
Warwickshire 0 11 0.0 1 25 4.0
West Mercia 0 8 0.0 1 57 1.7
West Midlands 0 0 4 39 10.3
West Yorkshire 5 70 7.1 12 265 4.5
Wiltshire 0 15 0.0 0 23 0.0
Dyfed-Powys 0 0 0 5 0.0
Gwent 0 30 0.0 0 45 0.0
North Wales 0 0 0 0
South Wales 0 0 5 59 8.5
England and Wales 159 1,176 13.5 411 3,418 12.0
2004-05 2005-06
Minority ethnic recruits Total strength Minority ethnic recruit (percentage) Minority ethnic recruits Total strength Minority ethnic recruit (percentage)
Avon and Somerset 0 139 0.0 0 130 0.0
Bedfordshire 4 40 10.1 1 41 2.4
Cambridgeshire 2 86 2.3 3 101 3.0
Cheshire 1 52 1.9 0 75 0.0
Cleveland 0 75 0.0 0 100 0.0
Cumbria 0 17 0.0 0 17 0.0
Derbyshire 4 43 9.3 0 42 0.0
Devon and Cornwall 0 74 0.0 0 74 0.0
Dorset 0 47 0.0 2 61 3.3
Durham 1 69 1.4 0 67 0.0
Essex 6 179 3.4 0 192 0.0
Gloucestershire 2 72 2.8 0 72 0.0
Greater Manchester 2 269 0.7 2 251 0.8
Hampshire 0 26 0.0 0 30 0.0
Hertfordshire 2 98 2.0 1 139 0.7
Humberside 1 20 5.0 0 20 0.0
Kent 2 105 1 .9 0 97 0.0
Lancashire 1 161 0.6 3 184 1.6
Leicestershire 7 103 6.8 9 136 6.6
Lincolnshire 0 75 0.0 0 78 0.0
London, City of 3 14 21.4 1 11 9.1
Merseyside 2 170 1.2 1 196 0.5
Metropolitan Police 247 2,147 11.5 152 2,315 6.6
Norfolk 3 68 4.4 1 65 1.5
Northamptonshire 2 37 5.4 0 40 0.0
Northumbria 2 126 1.6 1 129 0.8
North Yorkshire 0 75 0.0 0 71 0.0
Nottinghamshire 3 108 2.8 0 112 0.0
South Yorkshire 3 124 2.4 0 121 0.0
Staffordshire 3 63 4.8 1 70 1.4
Suffolk 0 34 0.0 0 30 0.0
Surrey 2 115 1.7 2 126 1.6
Sussex 4 228 1 .8 0 257 0.0
Thames Valley 6 98 6.1 7 130 5.4
Warwickshire 0 56 0.0 1 64 1.6
West Mercia 0 81 0.0 0 85 0.0
West Midlands 19 219 8.7 9 252 3.4
West Yorkshire 7 394 1.8 7 462 1.5
Wiltshire 0 41 0.0 0 57 0.0
Dyfed-Powys 0 25 0.0 0 26 0.0
Gwent 0 77 0.0 0 76 0.0
North Wales 0 59 0.0 0 58 0.0
South Wales 3 107 2.8 0 111 0.0
England and Wales 344 6,214 5.5 204 6,769 3.0
(1) Recruits included those officers joining as Police Standard Direct Recruits and those who were previously special constables. This excludes police community support officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining.

(2) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive. Data are not available prior to 2002-03.

(3) Full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.

Police officer minority ethnic recruits( 1) to police forces from 2002-03 to 2005-06( 2) (FTE)( 3) and recruits as percentage of total strength
2002-03 2003-04
Minority ethnic recruits Total strength Minority ethnic recruit (percentage) Minority ethnic recruits Total strength Minority ethnic recruit (percentage)
Avon and Somerset 2 3,160 0.1 4 3,417 0.1
Bedfordshire 4 1,119 0.4 5 1,199 0.4
Cambridgeshire 5 1,391 0.4 6 1,412 0.4
Cheshire 1 2,137 0.0 6 2,204 0.3
Cleveland 1 1,592 0.1 2 1,697 0.1
Cumbria 0 1,154 0.0 4 1,241 0.3
Derbyshire 6 2,010 0.3 1 2,084 0.0
Devon and Cornwall 2 3,215 0.1 2 3,311 0.1
Dorset 1 1,422 0.1 1 1,453 0.1
Durham 0 1,662 0.0 4 1,701 0.2
Essex 0 3,007 0.0 3 3,120 0.1
Gloucestershire 0 1,237 0.0 3 1,298 0.2
Greater Manchester 2 7,391 0.0 41 8,111 0.5
Hampshire 6 3,707 0.2 7 3,780 0.2
Hertfordshire 7 1,977 0.4 14 2,117 0.7
Humberside 1 2,123 0.0 4 2,231 0.2
Kent 2 3,488 0.1 4 3,621 0.1
Lancashire 14 3,380 0.4 15 3,579 0.4
Leicestershire 6 2,147 0.3 18 2,300 0.8
Lincolnshire 1 1,236 0.1 1 1,241 0.1
London, City of 4 811 0.5 7 856 0.8
Merseyside 3 4,112 0.1 7 4,129 0.2
Metropolitan Police 305 28,231 1.1 500 30,035 1.7
Norfolk 2 1,509 0.1 0 1,524 0.0
Northamptonshire 2 1,222 0.2 7 1,261 0.6
Northumbria 6 4,018 0.1 1 4,061 0.0
North Yorkshire 2 1,452 0.1 2 1,534 0.1
Nottinghamshire 6 2,426 0.2 7 2,507 0.3
South Yorkshire 3 3,194 0.1 9 3,307 0.3
Staffordshire 0 2,224 0.0 2 2,286 0.1
Suffolk 1 1,258 0.1 3 1,314 0.2
Surrey 8 1,933 0.4 3 1,942 0.2
Sussex 0 3,037 0.0 4 3,090 0.1
Thames Valley 9 3,899 0.2 20 4,103 0.5
Warwickshire 4 1,000 0.4 1 1,011 0.1
West Mercia 1 2,267 0.0 2 2,365 0.1
West Midlands 48 7,832 0.6 49 8,008 0.6
West Yorkshire 12 5,037 0.2 16 5,313 0.3
Wiltshire 2 1,169 0.2 5 1,225 0.4
Dyfed-Powys 1 1,156 0.1 0 1,167 0.0
Gwent 1 1,347 0.1 2 1,376 0.1
North Wales 0 1,553 0.0 0 1,625 0.0
South Wales 4 3,269 0.1 3 3,312 0.1
England and Wales 485 132,509 0.4 795 138,468 0.6
2004-05 2005-06
Minority ethnic recruits Total strength Minority ethnic recruit (percentage) Minority Ethnic Recruits Total Strength Minority ethnic recruit (percentage)
Avon and Somerset 2 3,398 0.1 4 3,439 0.1
Bedfordshire 12 1,232 1.0 9 1,225 0.7
Cambridgeshire 6 1,418 0.4 1 1,449 0.1
Cheshire 0 2,207 0.0 3 2,218 0.1
Cleveland 2 1,689 0.1 6 1,702 0.4
Cumbria 1 1,260 0.1 0 1,265 0.0
Derbyshire 1 2,082 0.0 3 2,073 0.1
Devon and Cornwall 1 3,399 0.0 1 3,540 0.0
Dorset 0 1,475 0.0 0 1,512 0.0
Durham 1 1,738 0.1 1 1,716 0.1
Essex 7 3,230 0.2 7 3,322 0.2
Gloucestershire 2 1,308 0.2 1 1,303 0.1
Greater Manchester 32 8,119 0.4 11 8,071 0.1
Hampshire 5 3,803 0.1 13 3,800 0.3
Hertfordshire 5 2,145 0.2 8 2,166 0.4
Humberside 0 2,252 0.0 0 2,232 0.0
Kent 8 3,630 0.2 6 3,648 0.2
Lancashire 6 3,585 0.2 5 3,635 0.1
Leicestershire 6 2,311 0.3 9 2,277 0.4
Lincolnshire 2 1,234 0.2 2 1,236 0.2
London, City of 8 881 0.9 3 875 0.3
Merseyside 10 4,339 0.2 7 4,302 0.2
Metropolitan Police 252 31,073 0.8 166 30,948 0.5
Norfolk 0 1,554 0.0 0 1,575 0.0
Northamptonshire 6 1,289 0.5 1 1,338 0.1
Northumbria 2 4,088 0.0 5 4,066 0.1
North Yorkshire 0 1,561 0.0 0 1,653 0.0
Nottinghamshire 5 2,522 0.2 2 2,512 0.1
South Yorkshire 5 3,307 0.2 5 3,305 0.2
Staffordshire 3 2,309 0.1 3 2,302 0.1
Suffolk 0 1,323 0.0 3 1,307 0.2
Surrey 1 1,959 0.1 7 1,967 0.4
Sussex 6 3,094 0.2 7 3,127 0.2
Thames Valley 14 4,189 0.3 15 4,288 0.3
Warwickshire 5 1,012 0.5 10 1,040 1.0
West Mercia 2 2,380 0.1 1 2,385 0.0
West Midlands 43 8,154 0.5 54 8,192 0.7
West Yorkshire 35 5,671 0.6 8 5,685 0.1
Wiltshire 2 1,229 0.2 1 1,230 0.1
Dyfed-Powys 0 1,183 0.0 1 1,194 0.1
Gwent 0 1,438 0.0 2 1,467 0.1
North Wales 1 1,676 0.1 0 1,634 0.0
South Wales 3 3,316 0.1 5 3,303 0.2
England and Wales 502 141,059 0.4 396 141,523 0.3
(1) Recruits included those officers joining as Police Standard Direct Recruits and those who were previously special constables. This excludes police officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining.

(2) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive. Data are not available prior to 2002-03.

(3) Full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.

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