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Police: Manpower

Home Department written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers of each rank and (b) sergeants in charge of safer neighbourhood teams were in post in each (i) police authority area and (ii) London borough command area in (A) May 2010 and (B) May 2011; what estimate she has made of the numbers to be in those posts on 1 April 2015; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

Data relating to police officer strength by rank and to police officers predominantly employed in the neighbourhood function as at 31 March 2010 in England and Wales are given in Tables A and B respectively. Figures for Metropolitan and London city police officer strength as at 31 March 2010, by basic command unit (which in London relate to boroughs), are provided on Tables C and D respectively. The information on police officer functions and basic command units cannot centrally be broken down by rank.

The Home Office does not collect data on future estimates of police numbers.

Police personnel statistics for 31 March 2011 are expected to be published in July 2011.

Table A: Police officer strength as at 31 March 2010, in England and Wales, by police force area and rank, England and Wales
Full-time equivalents (1)
Police force ACPO rank Chief Superintendent Superintendent Chief Inspector Inspector Sergeant Constable Total ranks
Avon and Somerset 6 9 25 52 181 492 2,537 3,302
Bedfordshire 4 5 12 20 64 179 962 1,246
Cambridgeshire 3 7 13 30 88 253 1,077 1,471
Cheshire 4 5 16 26 118 362 1,624 2,155
Cleveland 4 4 10 24 84 247 1,351 1,724
Cumbria 4 4 7 18 59 183 963 1,238
Derbyshire 4 9 15 24 100 313 1,610 2,074
Devon and Cornwall 5 10 34 30 183 609 2,685 3,556
Dorset 4 6 12 25 89 240 1,110 1,486
Durham 3 8 11 17 84 225 1,159 1,507
Essex 5 10 23 44 147 527 2,850 3,606
Gloucestershire 4 7 12 21 67 203 994 1,309
Greater Manchester 6 22 55 101 365 1,169 6,430 8,148
Hampshire 5 13 25 55 194 634 2,821 3,748
Hertfordshire 5 8 17 37 112 328 1,622 2,130
Humberside 4 8 17 32 115 330 1,552 2,058
Kent 7 15 26 69 184 530 2,956 3,787
Lancashire 5 11 21 49 196 620 2,747 3,649
Leicestershire 4 8 14 31 110 373 1,777 2,317
Lincolnshire 3 6 9 12 65 179 932 1,206
London, City of 3 5 11 21 56 144 612 852
Merseyside 6 15 32 58 233 639 3,534 4,516
Metropolitan Police 37 86 217 475 1,695 6,069 24,788 33,367
Norfolk 5 7 15 17 97 284 1,236 1,662
Northamptonshire 4 6 13 25 67 220 1,008 1,343
Northumbria 5 13 31 51 174 600 3,314 4,187
North Yorkshire 4 5 10 16 83 250 1,118 1,486
Nottinghamshire 4 9 21 37 126 410 1,802 2,409
South Yorkshire 4 11 25 38 155 459 2,260 2,953
Staffordshire 4 7 16 27 97 377 1,634 2,161
Suffolk 4 4 12 25 76 223 902 1,246
Surrey 4 12 18 32 107 286 1,430 1,890
Sussex 5 11 16 53 184 543 2,401 3,213
Thames Valley 4 11 35 59 204 685 3,437 4,434
Warwickshire 4 4 11 15 51 135 753 973
West Mercia 5 10 14 35 122 408 1,797 2,391
West Midlands 6 27 44 73 360 1,156 6,960 8,626
West Yorkshire 6 20 42 79 289 809 4,513 5,758
Wiltshire 4 6 10 18 73 196 875 1,181
Dyfed-Powys 3 6 9 17 67 190 903 1,195
Gwent 3 5 13 20 77 228 1,091 1,437
North Wales 4 5 19 17 81 279 1,185 1,590
South Wales 6 13 22 52 179 520 2,355 3,148
Total of all 43 forces 223 473 1,029 1,974 7,258 23,109 109,669 143,734
(1) This table 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
Table B: Police officers predominantly employed in neighbourhood (1, 2) functions (FTE) (3, 4) in England and Wales as at 31 March 2010
  Number of police officers
Avon and Somerset 293
Bedfordshire 100
Cambridgeshire 166
Cheshire 468
Cleveland 251
Cumbria (5)
Derbyshire 186
Devon and Cornwall 334
Dorset 138
Durham 170
Dyfed-Powys 79
Essex 486
Gloucestershire 97
Greater Manchester 992
Gwent 363
Hampshire 469
Hertfordshire 239
Humberside 142
Kent 325
Lancashire 376
Leicestershire 348
Lincolnshire 96
London, City of 65
Merseyside 739
Metropolitan Police 895
Norfolk 337
Northamptonshire 213
Northumbria 573
North Wales 164
North Yorkshire (5)
Nottinghamshire 312
South Wales 390
South Yorkshire6 345
Staffordshire 309
Suffolk 138
Surrey 185
Sussex 251
Thames Valley 484
Warwickshire 157
West Mercia 283
West Midlands 1782
West Yorkshire 1871
Wiltshire 29
(1 )Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The deployment of police officers is an operational matter for individual chief constables. (2 )In 2008-09 ‘Foot/Car/Beat/Patrol’ was replaced by ‘Neighbourhoods’ and ‘Response’. (3 )This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. (4 )Available information on functions cannot be centrally broken down by rank. (5 )Data not available centrally.
Table C: Police officer strength (1, 2) Metropolitan police force area, by Basic Command Unit, 31 March 2010 (1)
  Number of officers
Barking and Dagenham 448
Barnet 596
Bexley 406
Brent 712
Bromley 524
Camden 889
City of Westminster 1,656
Croydon 755
Ealing 728
Enfield 601
Greenwich 711
Hackney 784
Hammersmith and Fulham 600
Haringey 734
Harrow 404
Havering 395
Hillingdon 526
Hounslow 540
Islington 719
Kensington and Chelsea 579
Kingston upon Thames 337
Lambeth 1,042
Lewisham 691
Merton 396
Newham 826
Redbridge 502
Richmond upon Thames 335
Southwark 964
Sutton 356
Tower Hamlets 829
Waltham Forest 578
Wandsworth 619
Heathrow 461
Central Services 12,126
Total 33,367
(1) These figures are based on full-time equivalents that have been rounded to the nearest whole number, due to rounding there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of constituent items. Figures include those officers on career breaks. (2) Available information on Basic Command Units cannot be centrally broken down by rank.
Table D: Police officer strength (1, 2) , City of London police force area, by Basic Command Unit, 31 March 20101
  Number of officers
City of London Police 308
Central Services 544
Total 852

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