Serious and Organised Crime Agency: Resignations

Home Department written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office), Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who transferred to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency as sworn constables have since left the agency in each month since its inception; and what proportion of (a) sworn constables and (b) all staff this represents.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

Since 1 April 2006, 231 sworn constables have left SOCA. This number includes 58 retirements and 35 who remained as secondees on transfer to SOCA and who have since returned to their home force on conclusion of their secondment. In addition, some former police officers who resigned from SOCA at the end of their 30 years' service have rejoined the organisation, including in the most recent recruitment process.

The following tables detail these data on a monthly basis against (a) those holding powers of a constable, and (b) all staff in SOCA.

Excluding seconded police officers returning to force
Month left Numbers of former police officers directly employed at 1 April 20 06 leaving each month (including retirements) Number leaving as a percentage of former police officers directly employed at start Number leaving as a percentage of total direct employees at start
2006
August 2 0.18 0.05
September 4 0.36 0.10
October 3 0.27 0.07
November 4 0.36 0.10
December 4 0.36 0.10
2007
January 7 0.63 0.17
February 4 0.36 0.10
March 9 0.82 0.22
April 7 0.63 0.17
May 8 0.72 0.20
June 7 0.63 0.17
July 6 0.54 0.15
August 10 0.91 0.24
September 17 1.54 0.42
October 4 0.36 0.10
November 7 0.63 0.17
December 12 1.09 0.29
2008
January 12 1.09 0.29
February 13 1.18 0.32
March 10 0.91 0.24
April 27 2.45 0.66
May 11 1.00 0.27
June 8 0.72 0.20
Total who left 196 17.75 4.80
Including seconded police officers returned to force
Numbers of former police officers directly employed or transferred on secondment at 1 April 2006, leaving each month Number leaving as a percentage of former police officers at start Number leaving as a percentage of total direct employees at start
2006
July 2 0.18 0.05
August 2 0.18 0.05
September 5 0.44 0.12
October 3 0.26 0.07
November 4 0.35 0.10
December 4 0.35 0.10
2007
January 9 0.79 0.22
February 6 0.53 0.15
March 9 0.79 0.22
April 9 0.79 0.22
May 10 0.88 0.25
June 8 0.70 0.20
July 6 0.53 0.15
August 17 1.54 0.42
September 23 2.08 0.57
October 4 0.36 0.10
November 9 0.82 0.22
December 13 1.18 0.32
2008
January 13 1.18 0.32
February 14 1.27 0.34
March 11 1.00 0.27
April 29 2.63 0.71
May 12 1.07 0.29
June 9 0.80 0.22
Total who left 231 20.66 5.68
Analysis of ex police officer leaving reasons
Reason Number
Medically retired 2
Normal retirement 56
Resignation 138
Total 196

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