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Police

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) full-time, fully trained police officers and (b) police community support officers Norfolk constabulary had in each of the last 10 years. (117747)

The available data are given in the tables.

Police officer strength1 (FTE)2 by police force as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006

Norfolk police force

Full-time equivalent

31 March 1997

1,432

31 March 1998

1,430

31 March 1999

1,381

31 March 2000

1,381

31 March 2001

1,420

31 March 2002

1,468

31 March 2003

1,499

31 March 2004

1,510

31 March 2005

1,544

31 March 2006

1,557

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 excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

Police community support officer strength1 (FTE)2 by police force as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 20063

Norfolk police force

Full-time equivalent

31 March 2003

12

31 March 2004

33

31 March 20054

68

31 March 20064

65

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.

3 Police community support officers were introduced in statute in 2002, therefore data are not available prior to 2002-03.

4 Strength figures as at 31 March 2005 onwards include those staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. Therefore these figures are not comparable with those provided for other years in the table.