To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how long on average the (a) recruitment and (b) training of each marine enforcement officer has taken in the latest period for which figures are available.
Fisheries management is a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only.
Information on the average time taken to recruit a Marine Enforcement Officer is not held and this can depend on a number of factors, including the location of and number of posts available at a particular time and the recruitment process undertaken. Based on the current recruitment model, on average, it takes between 10-12 weeks to recruit for these positions.
On average it takes between 4-12 months to become a fully warranted officer. Continual professional development is then undertaken. The training methodology is adaptable, and alternative models can be deployed in instances where there is a need to train a number of new entrants in a short period of time.