Police: Labour Turnover

Home Department written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 975W, to the hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. Browne) on police: labour turnover, how many police recruits left the police force within two years of joining since 2002-03, broken down by police force area; and what percentage of leavers that figure represents.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-Terrorism and Police), Home Office

The available data are given in the following table. The totals for leavers include transfers to other England and Wales forces.

Number of police officers leaving( 1) within two years of joining the service by police force area, from 2002-03 to 2005-06
Headcount
2002-03( 2) 2003-04 2004-05( 3) 2005-06( 4)
Number of officers leaving within two years Percentage of officers leaving within two years from total number of leavers Number of officers leaving within two years Percentage of officers leaving within two years from total number of leavers Number of officers leaving within two years Percentage of officers leaving within two years from total number of leavers Number of officers leaving within two years Percentage of officers leaving within two years from total number of leavers
Avon and Somerset 39 18.9 33 22.9 30 17.4 15 8.2
Bedfordshire 17 18.5 22 21.2 30 30.6 16 18.0
Cambridgeshire 17 15.9 10 10.5 12 11.5 12 10.9
Cheshire 6 5.3 12 11.0 17 15.6 8 4.5
Cleveland 2 3.3 9 11.0 14 17.3 8 7.5
Cumbria 5 8.5 3 6.3 8 17.8 5 6.9
Derbyshire 7 6.4 13 15.1 6 5.5 4 2.9
Devon and Cornwall 20 13.0 10 7.8 18 10.1 24 12.0
Dorset 13 19.1 15 20.0 13 16.5 15 14.4
Durham 6 8.1 11 14.1 17 21.0 16 15.5
Dyfed-Powys 6 10.9 5 12.5 10 16.4 4 5.3
Essex 23 10.7 19 9.2 34 15.2 39 15.1
Gloucestershire 13 15.7 10 17.5 11 19.0 4 4.3
Greater Manchester 56 14.9 65 19.6 55 15.4 43 8.8
Gwent 2 3.3 3 4.1 4 5.5 12 15.2
Hampshire 29 12.9 48 20.7 37 13.9 32 10.9
Hertfordshire 33 17.4 43 27.2 38 24.2 31 18.1
Humberside 17 16.3 22 22.7 12 10.6 20 12.8
Kent 43 20.0 45 19.9 27 12.5 23 8.5
Lancashire 18 14.3 21 12.6 13 6.2
Leicestershire 9 7.1 16 18.6 19 11.9
Lincolnshire 15 20.5 7 11.5 14 17.5 14 14.6
London, City of 11 18.6 5 8.9 6 10.2 3 3.8
Merseyside 10 5.1 14 8.0 22 9.6 19 6.7
Metropolitan Police 410 23.5 394 25.0 214 15.5 95 5.9
Norfolk 12 13.0 6 11.8 7 8.8 11 12.1
Northamptonshire 8 14.3 7 9.6 5 5.5 10 11.0
Northumbria 20 12.2 20 11.0 20 12.4 13 6.4
North Wales 9 11.7 7 12.3 10 18.5 6 6.1
North Yorkshire 8 13.8 7 9.5 13 14.6 3 2.9
Nottinghamshire 8 5.8 14 11.3 15 10.3 4 2.5
South Wales 25 16.3 11 7.5 11 8.5 13 7.1
South Yorkshire 24 14.0 23 14.1 30 17.1 21 8.8
Staffordshire 12 9.2 12 11.7 34 27.0 12 10.6
Suffolk 12 14.1 20 26.7 16 21 .6 10 11.1
Surrey 53 21 .5 40 27.0 30 19.0 22 14.7
Sussex 47 19.3 87 30.0 84 32.4 49 22.2
Thames Valley 53 14.3 37 11 .6 62 19.8 41 12.5
Warwickshire 12 20.7 7 12.5 3 4.7 5 6.8
West Mercia 13 11.2 22 17.9 13 11.2 9 5.8
West Midlands 88 16.7 7 1.6 72 16.3 63 12.9
West Yorkshire 30 11.7 32 12.9 40 14.9 63 17.2
Wiltshire 10 12.2 14 21 .2 11 13.9 12 16.4
England and Wales 1,253 16.1 1,225 17.0 1,146 15.7 861 9.8
(1) Includes transfers to other England and Wales forces but does not include officers leaving after a period of secondment.

(2) Data not available for Lancashire.

(3) Data not available for Leicestershire.

(4) Over 1,000 police officers previously working with the National Crime Squad (NCS) and the National Criminal Intelligence Squad (NCIS) left their home force to join the Serious Organised Crime Agency when it vested on 1 April 2006.

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