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Police: Numbers

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are of each rank per 100,000 of population in each police force in England and Wales. (107665)

The available data are given in the following table.

Police officer strength by rank (FTE)1 per 100,000 population2 by police force in England and Wales as 31 March 2006

ACPO rank

Chief superintendent

Superintendent

Chief inspector

Inspector

Sergeant

Constable

Avon and Somerset

0.3

0.8

1.3

2.7

10.4

32.2

178.7

Bedfordshire

0.5

0.9

1.6

2.6

10.2

27.7

169.1

Cambridgeshire

0.3

0.9

2.2

3.3

9.2

31.3

149.2

Cheshire

0.4

0.6

1.5

2.4

11.7

34.6

172.3

Cleveland

0.7

1.1

2.5

2.7

14.6

44.2

241.8

Cumbria

0.8

1.2

1.6

3.4

11.7

35.0

201.8

Derbyshire

0.4

0.7

1.5

2.9

9.7

30.2

166.3

Devon and Cornwall

0.3

0.6

1.4

2.3

10.0

31.8

172.2

Dorset

0.4

0.6

1.7

3.9

10.0

31.1

168.2

Durham

0.5

1.2

1.5

3.0

14.8

41.1

226.1

Essex

0.3

0.7

1.3

2.7

8.8

28.6

160.8

Gloucestershire

0.7

1.2

1.4

4.0

12.2

33.6

174.4

Greater Manchester

0.3

0.7

2.2

3.4

14.3

43.7

253.2

Hampshire

0.2

0.4

1.9

2.6

10.1

33.5

162.3

Hertfordshire

0.4

0.6

1.5

2.9

8.6

25.2

168.8

Humberside

0.5

1.1

1.8

3.8

12.8

35.9

195.6

Kent

0.3

0.6

1.4

3.0

10.8

29.9

180.5

Lancashire

0.3

0.8

1.3

2.9

12.7

39.1

196.3

Leicestershire

0.4

1.2

1.7

2.9

10.9

31.3

192.5

Lincolnshire

0.4

0.7

1.2

2.1

9.7

27.4

142.0

London3

0.6

1.3

3.2

6.6

23.2

71.6

321.9

Merseyside

0.5

1.0

2.3

4.4

16.1

46.9

243.9

Norfolk

0.4

1.2

1.3

3.6

9.7

30.7

145.9

Northamptonshire

0.6

0.9

1.4

3.2

10.5

29.9

160.3

Northumbria

0.4

0.9

1.9

3.7

13.7

42.6

227.9

North Yorkshire

0.5

0.9

2.0

2.9

11.5

35.4

162.9

Nottinghamshire

0.4

0.6

1.8

3.3

11.9

37.1

187.8

South Yorkshire

0.4

0.9

1.8

3.4

13.2

37.3

201.6

Staffordshire

0.5

0.6

1.3

3.0

9.1

33.8

170.8

Suffolk

0.4

1.0

1.5

2.9

9.2

26.2

150.0

Surrey

0.6

0.7

2.1

3.4

9.6

30.1

138.0

Sussex

0.3

1.1

1.4

3.1

11.6

30.3

159.2

Thames Valley

0.1

0.6

1.7

2.2

10.1

26.7

160.8

Warwickshire

0.8

1.0

1.5

3.2

9.7

26.5

155.3

West Mercia

0.3

0.8

1.4

2.3

9.5

32.3

155.7

West Midlands

0.2

1.1

1.4

2.1

13.6

42.9

256.2

West Yorkshire

0.3

0.9

1.7

3.1

13.2

35.7

214.8

Wiltshire

0.5

1.3

1.1

3.0

11.0

25.9

153.4

Dyfed-Powys

0.6

1.0

2.2

3.0

11.9

38.2

180.2

Gwent

0.5

0.9

1.8

2.7

11.1

40.8

205.6

North Wales

0.6

1.0

2.2

2.2

11.7

38.0

186.5

South Wales

0.4

0.7

2.4

4.5

13.2

43.4

206.6

1 Full-time equivalent figures include those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

2 Population data taken from Mid-2002 Population Estimates (ONS).

3 Officers per 100,000 population for City of London and Metropolitan police are combined.