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Community Support Officers

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers (a) were recruited by and (b) retired from service with North Wales police in each of the last three years. (93598)

The available data is given in the table as follows.

Police community support officer for North Wales police force (FTE)1 from 2003-04 to 2005-06

Year2

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

PCSO Joiners

0

8

1.5

PCSO Retirements

0

0

0

1 Full-time equivalent. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

2 Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there were in each police authority area in each year since their introduction; and what the projected numbers are for the next three years. (93672)

The available data is given in the table. Police Community Support Officers were introduced as part of the Police Reform Act 2002 so data is only available from 2003 onwards.

We have increased the funding to support the increase in numbers of Police Community Support Officers this year in order to reach 16,000 by April 2007. Thereafter we will discuss with the police service the sort of numbers and flexibilities they need for delivering and maintaining a comprehensive programme of neighbourhood policing. It is for chief constables to determine deployment.

Community support officer strength1 (FTE)2 by police force area as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2006

31 March

Police force

2003

2004

2005

2006

Avon and Somerset

0

45

139

130

Bedfordshire

0

12

40

41

Cambridgeshire

6

57

86

101

Cheshire

2

50

52

75

Cleveland

37

77

75

100

Cumbria

0

0

17

17

Derbyshire

0

0

43

42

Devon and Cornwall

19

51

74

74

Dorset

6

8

47

61

Durham

10

28

69

67

Essex

10

86

179

192

Gloucestershire

0

54

72

72

Greater Manchester

160

173

269

251

Hampshire

0

0

26

30

Hertfordshire

14

46

98

139

Humberside

0

0

20

20

Kent

0

59

105

97

Lancashire

77

110

161

184

Leicestershire

28

41

103

136

Lincolnshire

29

38

75

78

London, City Of

0

0

14

11

Merseyside

40

72

170

196

Metropolitan

513

1,463

2,147

2,315

Norfolk

12

33

68

65

Northamptonshire

12

10

37

40

Northumbria

0

51

126

129

North Yorkshire

0

52

75

71

Nottinghamshire

10

56

108

112

South Yorkshire

14

59

124

121

Staffordshire

0

7

63

70

Suffolk

0

15

34

30

Surrey

21

56

115

126

Sussex

22

83

228

257

Thames Valley

0

7

98

130

Warwickshire

11

25

56

64

West Mercia

8

57

81

85

West Midlands

0

39

219

252

West Yorkshire

70

265

394

462

Wiltshire

15

23

41

57

Dyfed Powys

0

5

25

26

Gwent

30

45

77

76

North Wales

0

0

59

58

South Wales

0

59

107

111

Total 43 forces

1,176

3,418

6,214

6,769

1 This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.

2 Full-time equivalent includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers were employed by each police authority in Wales in each of the last four years for which figures are available. (93954)

The available data is given in the following table.

Police community support officers in Welsh police forces (FTE)1 as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2006

31 March

Dyfed Powys

Gwent

North Wales

South Wales

2003

0

30

0

0

2004

5

45

0

59

2005

25

77

59

107

2006

26

76

58

111

1 Full-time equivalent. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.