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Police Officers

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are per head of population in (a) England as a whole and (b) the Devon and Cornwall constabulary. [15789]

The average ratio for England is one police officer: 414 people. In the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary the ratio is one police officer: 538 people. This is based on police numbers at March 1997, and the latest population figures which are for June 1996.