Police: Counter-terrorism

Home Office written question – answered on 9th January 2017.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Home Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many counter terrorism security advisers were employed in each police force in England and Wales in each year since 2010.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Advice and guidance on protective security and preparedness to terrorist threats is provided by specialist Counter-Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSAs) who operate in every police region.

We do not publically provide a breakdown of this funding or resources by force, region or capability for security reasons. The number of CTSAs in post in each year since 2010 was as follows:

April 2010 -191 (figure includes Police Scotland and Police Service of Northern Ireland)

April 2011 – 227 (figure includes Police Scotland and Police Service of Northern Ireland)

April 2012 – 226 (figure includes Police Scotland and Police Service of Northern Ireland)

April 2013 – 204 (figure includes Police Scotland and Police Service of Northern Ireland)

April 2014 – 188 (figures includes Police Scotland and Police Service of Northern Ireland)

April 2015 - 146 (England and Wales only, this figure includes 4 Counter Terrorism Awareness Advisers, CTAAs, dedicated towards the provision of CT awareness advice).

April 2016 – 157 (England and Wales only, this figure includes 20 Counter Terrorism Awareness Advisers dedicated towards the provision of CT awareness advice). The Government’s aims to have 171 staff in post by the end of 2016/17 (145 CTSAs and 26 CTAAs). These planned changes to resource are for the effective and efficient delivery of future advice and guidance, whilst ensuring they maintain their fundamental role as part of wider police capabilities to safeguard the security of the public.

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