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South Yorkshire Police

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total number of additional posts applied for by South Yorkshire police authority since 1980; how many he has approved in this period; what was the basis on which he declined to accept the totals requested; and what assessment he has made of the effects of manpower levels on (a) morale and (b) crime prevention in South Yorkshire.

Applications have been made and approvals given in the years set out in the table.

YearPosts applied forPosts approved
1980–81278120
1983–84154
1985–869
1986–8721350
1987–885220
1988–895020
1989–905027
1990–9150220
1Letter from the Chief Constable rather than from the police authority.
2Approved subject to the police authority confirming willingness to meet its share of the cost.
Applications have been considered within the limits of the police growth which is affordable year on year, and with advice from Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary on the evidence of need and the ability to release police posts by recruiting civilian staff. We are not aware of any morale or crime prevention considerations which would justify different treatment of the police authority's manpower applications.