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Community Support Officers

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers were planned to be delivered in each police area under the target to introduce 24,000 officers; and how many will be delivered in each area under the plan for 16,000. (109680)

Table A gives the estimated number each force would have employed by March 2008 to achieve a national target of 24,000 police community support officers (PCSOs). A written ministerial statement on 27 November announced changes to this plan in the light of the progress that the police service has made towards delivering neighbourhood policing and requests from the service for greater flexibility. Table B gives the number to be delivered by April 2007 to achieve a national target of 16,000 PCSOs for 2007-08.

Table A: Estimate for 24,000 PCSOs England and Wales

March 2008

Avon and Somerset

541

Bedfordshire

199

Cambridgeshire

287

Cheshire

353

City of London

118

Cleveland

215

Cumbria

170

Derbyshire

288

Devon and Cornwall

535

Dorset

236

Durham

263

Dyfed-Powys

123

Essex

547

Gloucestershire

252

Greater Manchester

1,238

Gwent

221

Hampshire

539

Hertfordshire

369

Humberside

332

Kent

571

Lancashire

630

Leicestershire

350

Lincolnshire

233

Merseyside

742

Metropolitan

6,389

Norfolk

280

North Wales

248

North Yorkshire

269

Northamptonshire

213

Northumbria

671

Nottinghamshire

406

South Wales

511

South Yorkshire

521

Staffordshire

339

Suffolk

216

Surrey

329

Sussex

525

Thames Valley

675

Warwickshire

202

West Mercia

388

West Midlands

1,187

West Yorkshire

1,097

Wiltshire

206

Total

24,024

Table B: Target 16,000 PCSOs

April 2007

Avon and Somerset

346

Bedfordshire

128

Cambridgeshire

195

Cheshire

237

City of London

52

Cleveland

122

Cumbria

105

Derbyshire

160

Devon and Cornwall

356

Dorset

162

Durham

172

Dyfed-Powys

62

Essex

362

Gloucestershire

178

Greater Manchester

828

Gwent

129

Hampshire

333

Hertfordshire

252

Humberside

210

Kent

382

Lancashire

417

Leicestershire

229

Lincolnshire

149

Merseyside

466

Metropolitan

4,562

Norfolk

189

North Wales

157

North Yorkshire

183

Northamptonshire

138

Northumbria

432

Nottinghamshire

257

South Wales

325

South Yorkshire

328

Staffordshire

209

Suffolk

142

Surrey

222

Sussex

354

Thames Valley

417

Warwickshire

139

West Mercia

270

West Midlands

751

West Yorkshire

760

Wiltshire

135

Total

16,002