Police: Batley and Spen

Home Office written question – answered on 13th September 2021.

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Photo of Kim Leadbeater Kim Leadbeater Labour, Batley and Spen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers served the Batley and Spen constituency in each year since 2010.

Photo of Kim Leadbeater Kim Leadbeater Labour, Batley and Spen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 20,000 additional police officers will serve the Batley and Spen constituency.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

This Government is committed to recruiting an additional 20,000 police officers by March 2023. At 30 June 2021, 9,814 additional officers had been recruited as a result of the Police Uplift Programme in forces in England and Wales.

At 30 June 2021, West Yorkshire Police had recruited 504 additional officers against an allocation of 507 additional officers for years one and two of the Police Uplift. Allocations for year three are yet to be announced. The deployment of police officers across police forces is a local decision for operationally independent Chief Constables.

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the size of the police workforce in England and Wales on a biannual basis in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin. However, data are collected at Police Force Area (PFA) level only, and information on officer numbers in specific constituencies are not held centrally.

The latest in this statistical series covers the situation in both full time-equivalent (FTE) and headcount terms as at 31 March 2021, and can be found here: Police workforce, England and Wales: 31 March 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Data broken down by PFA, and going back to 2007, and can be found in the accompanying Open Data Tables here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1005761/open-data-table-police-workforce-280721.ods

While the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin remains the key measure of the size of the police workforce, as part of the Police Officer Uplift Programme, the Home Office also publishes a quarterly update on the number of officers (headcount terms only) in England and Wales, also broken down by PFA. Data are available here:

Police Officer uplift statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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