Information for the last ten years on the number of traffic wardens, police officers, police community support officers and civilian staff (including s.38 designated officers) within the traffic and traffic wardens policing functions in England and Wales are shown in the following table.
|Number of traffic wardens, police officers, police community support officers and civilian police staff within the traffic and the traffic warden policing functions in England and Wales, 2002-03 to 2011-12(1, 2)|
|Traffic Wardens(5)||Police Officers||Police Community Support Officers||Civilian Police Staff(6)||Traffic Wardens(5)||Police Officers||Police Community Support Officers||Civilian Police Staff(6)|
|(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) This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. (3) Traffic function includes staff who are predominantly employed on motor-cycles or in patrol vehicles for the policing of traffic and motorway related duties. This includes officers employed in accident investigation, vehicle examination and radar duties. Also includes staff who are predominantly employed to support the traffic function of the force including radar, accident investigation, vehicle examination and traffic administration. Includes those officers working with hazardous chemicals, and those administrative staff predominantly serving the internal needs of the traffic function of the force and those officers / staff in supporting roles. (4) Traffic wardens function includes traffic wardens engaged in patrol and other duties. Includes senior traffic wardens who are predominantly employed in the supervision of traffic wardens, otherwise than on patrol. Includes those officers / staff in supporting roles. (5) The decline of police employed traffic wardens over this period reflects the increasing role of local authorities in parking control. (6) Civilian police staff includes s.38 designated officers.|