Road Traffic Control

Home Department written question – answered on 7th September 2012.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) traffic wardens, (b) police officers, (c) police community support officers and (d) civilian police staff performed traffic policing as their main function in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

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(3) Traffic Wardens(4)
  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)
2002-03 0 6,902 0 549 2,002 1 0 66
2003-04 7 6,702 0 686 1,626 1 0 14
2004-05 6 6,943 426 776 1,184 0 1 93
2005-06 16 6,592 0 862 1,014 2 76 22
2006-07 12 6,412 21 854 703 2 105 26
2007-08 1 6,299 20 953 572 6 139 20
2008-09 0 5,714 20 950 456 1 141 11
2009-10 0 5,634 24 1,029 399 1 19 8
2010-11 0 5,316 18 898 246 1 0 7
2011-12 1 4,868 63 823 35 4 0 59
(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.

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