Community Policing: Manpower

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

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Photo of Lee Scott Lee Scott Conservative, Ilford North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers were in post in each police authority in England and Wales in the last three years for which figures are available.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The available data are given in the table.

Police community support officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) by police force as at 30 September 2004 to 30 September 2006
Police force 30 September 2004 30 September 2005 30 September 2006
Avon and Somerset 82 146 182
Bedfordshire 26 43 47
Cambridgeshire 56 92 125
Cheshire 47 77 77
Cleveland 75 86 111
Cumbria 6 19 27
Derbyshire 0 43 56
Devon and Cornwall 57 75 158
Dorset 22 56 72
Durham 36 72 90
Essex 80 193 296
Gloucestershire 49 62 94
Greater Manchester 198 264 321
Hampshire 0 23 103
Hertfordshire 75 135 165
Humberside 0 20 112
Kent 58 103 100
Lancashire 115 159 224
Leicestershire 54 119 155
Lincolnshire 46 78 134
London, City of 0 14 8
Merseyside 90 161 214
Metropolitan Police 1,810 2,053 2,681
Norfolk 55 67 102
Northamptonshire 27 38 62
Northumbria 51 143 164
North Yorkshire 46 69 85
Nottinghamshire 69 112 155
South Yorkshire 57 125 126
Staffordshire 13 62 103
Suffolk 15 33 46
Surrey 77 102 161
Sussex 183 231 274
Thames Valley 7 109 134
Warwickshire 43 56 61
West Mercia 67 86 170
West Midlands 40 247 348
West Yorkshire 264 433 505
Wiltshire 28 38 85
Dyfed-Powys 4 24 30
Gwent 26 81 97
North Wales 5 61 76
South Wales 65 116 181
Total England and Wales 4,125 6,323 8,517
(1) This table contains 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.

(2) Full-time equivalent includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

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