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Police: Civilians

Home Department written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many non-uniformed staff in each police authority area have been (a) made redundant, (b) required to reapply for their position and (c) asked to retrain for posts formerly undertaken by uniformed officers in the last 12 months;

(2) what the cost of redundancies was in each police authority area in 2010-11; and what estimate she has made of the likely costs in 2011-12;

(3) what estimate she has made of the cost of managing changes to contracts of non-uniformed staff in respect of (a) redeployment, (b) retraining, (c) interviewing and (d) redundancy in each police authority area.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 18 July 2011

The management of policing resources—including the numbers of police staff employed and the associated costs—is a matter for individual chief constables and their police authorities.

Information on the number of dismissals and voluntary resignations of police staff (excluding police community support officers and designated officers) by police force area as at 31 March 2010 is set out in the table. Compulsory redundancies are contained within dismissals and voluntary redundancies are contained within voluntary resignations. The Home Office does not collect figures specifically for the number of non-uniformed staff in each police authority area that are required to reapply for their position and have been asked to retrain for posts formerly undertaken by uniformed officers.

Information on the costs of managing changes to contracts for non-uniformed staff, or redundancy costs is not collected centrally. Redundancy (and other) costs are included within the CIPFA Police Service Statistics publication, available via

www.cipfastats.net although police forces do not report this information separately from some other areas of expenditure. No estimate of any future costs of redundancies in each police authority area has been made centrally, since this is a matter for individual chief constables and their police authorities.

N umber of dismissals and voluntary resignations of police staff (excluding police community support officers and designated officers), by police force area, as at 31 March 2010 (1)
  Police staff
Dismissals Voluntary resignations
Avon and Somerset 7 93
Bedfordshire 12 34
Cambridgeshire 6 90
Cheshire 5 74
Cleveland 3 29
Cumbria 21 19
Derbyshire 6 83
Devon and Cornwall 6 71
Dorset 0 38
Durham 4 36
Dyfed-Powys 1 28
Essex 14 112
Gloucestershire 2 22
Greater Manchester 7 169
Gwent 1 31
Hampshire 7 113
Hertfordshire 28 65
Humberside 8 51
Kent 12 146
Lancashire 18 55
Leicestershire 8 79
Lincolnshire 2 54
London, City of 0 16
Merseyside 5 72
Metropolitan Police 38 309
Norfolk 32 49
Northamptonshire 12 67
Northumbria 4 96
North Wales 5 13
North Yorkshire 14 81
Nottinghamshire 15 59
South Wales 4 55
South Yorkshire 1 54
Staffordshire 49 32
Suffolk 4 41
Surrey 56 158
Sussex 2 127
Thames Valley 26 179
Warwickshire 0 11
West Mercia 6 91
West Midlands 6 133
West Yorkshire 23 96
Wiltshire 3 60
Total 478 3,288
(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.

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