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Police: Road Traffic Control

Home Department written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dedicated traffic police officers there were in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

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

The numbers of dedicated traffic police officers are not collected centrally. The available data are the number of full time equivalent police officers primarily employed in the function "traffic".

The available data are given in the table.

Police officers (FTE)( 1) whose main function is traffic( 2) (1996-97 to 2005-06)
England and Wales
1996-97(3)
1997-98(3)
1998-99 7,525
1999-2000 7,238
2000-01 7,005
2002-03 6,902
2003-04 6,706
2004-05 7,104
2005-06 6,511
(1) This and other tables contain 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) Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The traffic function includes staff who are predominantly employed on motorcycles or in patrol vehicles for the policing of traffic and motorway related duties. This does not include officers employed in accident investigation, vehicle examination and radar duties.

(3) Data are not available for 1996-97 and 1997-98.

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