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Special Constables

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables are employed in each police area in England. [117772]

Police strength figures are collected by the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate. The latest available figures for Special Constables in England are for March 2002 and are shown in the table.

Police forces (England)Strength at 31 March 2002
Avon and Somerset364
Bedfordshire118
Cambridgeshire207
Cheshire191
Cleveland85
Cumbria102
Derbyshire260
Devon and Cornwall689
Dorset253
Durham134
Essex381
Gloucestershire154
Greater Manchester338
Hampshire444
Hertfordshire206
Humberside207
Kent327
Lancashire363
Leicestershire143
Lincolnshire155
City of London36
Merseyside468
Metropolitan police680
Norfolk244
Northamptonshire177
Northumbria256
North Yorkshire185
Nottinghamshire341
South Yorkshire206
Staffordshire384
Suffolk308
Surrey187
Sussex306
Thames Valley356
Warwickshire209
West Mercia339
West Midlands598
West Yorkshire349
Wiltshire147