Police: Retirement

Home Department written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of retirements from each police force in England and Wales have been on medical grounds in each year since 1997.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

The numbers of police officer medical retirements have been published each year by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in their annual report. HMIC have advised that these data will no longer be published in their annual report and that the data for 2004-05 would be the last series of data to be published.

The format of the published data was changed from 2001-02, and the available data are given in the following tables.

Police officer medical retirements as a percentage of all retirements( 1) (FTE)( 2) by force from 1996-97 to 2000-01( 3)
Percentage
1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01
Avon and Somerset 39.8 53.7 30.0 38.5 38.5
Bedfordshire 39.5 50.0 55.1 46.2 58.1
Cambridgeshire 40.0 25.0 37.0 26.3 25.6
Cheshire 38.0 25.9 36.1 25.8 35.5
City of London 26.9 15.8 20.7 37.9 33.0
Cleveland 57.9 32.0 26.9 26.3 21.4
Cumbria 39.1 44.4 50.0 40.0 45.3
Derbyshire 58.2 65.4 42.0 33.3 30.8
Devon and Cornwall 18.4 20.0 20.8 17.9 13.6
Dorset 21.6 20.0 35.6 20.4 22.2
Durham 53.5 34.7 45.5 25.0 22.9
Dyfed-Powys 48.0 45.8 40.0 38.7 35.9
Essex 32.2 24.8 34.7 41.1 34.0
Gloucestershire 24.4 16.1 26.9 22.2 20.0
Greater Manchester 64.9 60.9 63.5 56.2 46.3
Gwent 56.0 46.9 38.2 50.0 37.2
Hampshire 21.0 30.0 28.0 15.5 15.2
Hertfordshire 18.5 32.7 17.8 14.9 24.5
Humberside 36.5 33.8 23.4 14.9 22.7
Kent 16.5 20.0 16.7 17.7 28.2
Lancashire 41.4 24.6 24.0 21.5 28.6
Leicestershire 55.8 42.4 51.1 47.8 48.8
Lincolnshire 23.4 48.3 40.8 23.8 8.9
Merseyside 77.0 53.0 36.5 38.8 37.3
Metropolitan Police 50.6 39.5 46.4 34.5 33.3
Norfolk 23.4 21.5 27.7 26.7 20.4
Northamptonshire 58.3 40.9 51.5 19.2 24.2
Northumbria 62.5 62.9 47.3 42.2 31.1
North Wales 55.0 27.5 40.8 38.5 49.2
North Yorkshire 76.5 48.9 62.1 49.0 57.8
Nottinghamshire 50.8 42.6 59.3 31.8 21.3
South Wales 36.1 49.3 46.0 49.1 62.8
South Yorkshire 44.6 31.2 21.8 24.0 28.8
Staffordshire 55.3 49.6 28.6 5.7 17.6
Suffolk 39.3 39.2 65.9 40.5 26.9
Surrey 41.4 13.7 18.4 25.9 34.6
Sussex 29.0 18.3 16.4 15.0 15.2
Thames Valley 44.0 32.5 43.0 17.3 21.9
Warwickshire 38.5 33.3 55.8 34.6 37.5
West Mercia 47.6 37.5 35.8 33.8 35.9
West Midlands 37.5 29.2 18.2 15.5 17.0
West Yorkshire 35.4 25.0 34.8 29.4 27.5
Wiltshire 16.4 19.2 25.0 17.0 15.2
(1) Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC.

(2) This table is based on 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.

(3) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.

Police officer number of medical retirements per 1,000 officers( 1) (FTE)( 2) by force from 2000-01 to 2000-01( 3)
Number
2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05
Avon and Somerset 14 14 11 3 5
Bedfordshire 17 8 6 1 2
Cambridgeshire 9 7 6 3 1
Cheshire 11 11 12 7 5
City of London 13 10 5 9 5
Cleveland 6 14 7 6 7
Cumbria 23 6 6 3 2
Derbyshire 7 5 6 1 4
Devon and Cornwall 5 6 3 2 3
Dorset 9 7 2 6 3
Durham 5 9 7 4 4
Dyfed-Powys 13 12 10 6 8
Essex 12 11 7 5 4
Gloucestershire 6 9 11 4 2
Greater Manchester 16 8 5 1 2
Gwent 13 18 16 6 9
Hampshire 5 5 3 3 2
Hertfordshire 7 4 3 1 0
Humberside 11 5 5 1 4
Kent 9 11 6 2 2
Lancashire 9 12 6 4 3
Leicestershire 14 3 4 3 3
Lincolnshire 3 3 8 2 6
Merseyside 12 14 12 6 6
Metropolitan Police 9 8 5 2 2
Norfolk 7 11 9 4 6
Northamptonshire 7 5 3 2 2
Northumbria 7 8 5 2 1
North Wales 22 13 9 4 4
North Yorkshire 28 11 6 5 5
Nottinghamshire 7 6 7 5 6
South Wales 24 16 10 4 2
South Yorkshire 9 9 5 4 1
Staffordshire 4 11 10 6 6
Suffolk 12 11 10 6 2
Surrey 9 12 6 5 3
Sussex 6 6 3 1 4
Thames Valley 5 4 7 4 2
Warwickshire 16 7 8 4 3
West Mercia 14 14 9 5 4
West Midlands 4 4 3 2 1
West Yorkshire 9 13 5 2 1
Wiltshire 5 3 13 2 5
(1) Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC.

(2) This table is based on 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.

(3) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.

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