Community Support Officers: Manpower

Home Department written question – answered on 21st October 2008.

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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 how many police community support officers have been employed in each police force area in each year since their introduction.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Crime & Security)

The available data are given in the following table:

Police community support officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) by police force, as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2008( 3)
31 March each year
Police force 2003 2004 2005( 4) 2006( 4) 2007( 4) 2008( 4)
Avon and Somerset 0 45 139 130 302 377
Bedfordshire 0 12 40 41 83 120
Cambridgeshire 6 57 86 101 184 197
Cheshire 2 50 52 75 176 231
Cleveland 37 77 75 100 114 170
Cumbria 0 0 17 17 85 99
Derbyshire 0 0 43 42 181 166
Devon and Cornwall 19 51 74 74 317 354
Dorset 6 8 47 61 122 151
Durham 10 28 69 67 142 162
Essex 10 86 179 192 388 436
Gloucestershire 0 54 72 72 169 162
Greater Manchester 160 173 269 251 763 773
Hampshire 0 0 26 30 296 324
Hertfordshire 14 46 98 139 223 246
Humberside 0 0 20 20 194 318
Kent 0 59 105 97 203 377
Lancashire 77 110 161 184 374 400
Leicestershire 28 41 103 136 216 212
Lincolnshire 29 38 75 78 147 165
London, City of 0 0 14 11 36 46
Merseyside 40 72 170 196 332 407
Metropolitan Police 513 1,463 2,147 2,315 3,694 4,247
Norfolk 12 33 68 65 176 274
Northamptonshire 12 10 37 40 129 159
Northumbria 0 51 126 129 248 254
North Yorkshire 0 52 75 71 147 180
Nottinghamshire 10 56 108 112 217 259
South Yorkshire 14 59 124 121 302 334
Staffordshire 0 7 63 70 203 209
Suffolk 0 15 34 30 123 140
Surrey 21 56 115 126 203 211
Sussex 22 83 228 257 352 372
Thames Valley 0 7 98 130 213 521
Warwickshire 11 25 56 64 127 133
West Mercia 8 57 81 85 217 272
West Midlands 0 39 219 252 644 748
West Yorkshire 70 265 394 462 690 757
Wiltshire 15 23 41 57 121 147
Dyfed-Powys 0 5 25 26 77 73
Gwent 30 45 77 76 105 139
North Wales 0 0 59 58 145 159
South Wales 0 59 107 111 314 327
Total England and Wales 1,176 3,418 6,214 6,769 13,497 15,805
(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. (3) Police community support officers were introduced in statute in 2002, therefore data are not available prior to 2002-03. (4) Strength figures as at 31 March 2005 onwards include those staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. Therefore these figures are not comparable with those provided for other years in the table.

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