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House of Commons Hansard
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06 March 2007
Volume 457
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each force in England and Wales as at December 2006, broken down by rank. [124053]

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[holding answer 28 February 2007]: Data as at December 2006 are not yet available. The most recent published police strength data by rank and police force relates to 31 March 2006 and was published in Table 4 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin, Police Service Strength in England and Wales (HOSB 13/06). A copy of the table follows.

In addition, this bulletin is available in the Library of the House and can be downloaded from:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs06/hosb1306.pdf

Table 4: Police officer strength as at 31 March 2006 by police force area, rank and gender, and officers per 100,000 population, England and Wales

Full-time equivalents1

Male ranks

Police force

ACPO rank

Chief Superintendent

Superintendent

Chief Inspector

Inspector

Sergeant

Constable

Total male ranks

Avon and Somerset

4

10

16

33

143

429

2,084

2,719

Bedfordshire

2

4

8

13

50

136

707

920

Cambridgeshire

1

7

14

20

63

195

820

1,120

Cheshire

4

6

14

21

101

289

1,287

1,722

Cleveland

4

6

14

13

76

214

1,034

1,361

Cumbria

3

5

7

15

55

151

690

926

Derbyshire

4

6

13

26

85

264

1,253

1,651

Devon and Cornwall

3

10

19

34

137

455

2,087

2,745

Dorset

3

4

10

26

60

188

909

1,200

Durham

3

6

8

17

79

211

999

1,323

Essex

5

11

17

39

125

389

1,949

2,535

Gloucestershire

4

6

7

22

63

168

739

1,009

Greater Manchester

7

14

51

72

305

921

4,848

6,217

Hampshire

4

7

29

38

157

490

2,136

2,860

Hertfordshire

4

5

13

28

76

212

1,241

1,579

Humberside

4

10

15

27

107

281

1,296

1,740

Kent

5

8

20

39

149

404

2,154

2,779

Lancashire

3

10

17

34

155

481

2,118

2,818

Leicestershire

4

10

14

24

91

263

1,395

1,801

Lincolnshire

3

4

8

11

61

160

744

991

London, City of

3

5

11

18

48

115

495

695

Merseyside

5

13

28

53

189

554

2.598

3,440

Metropolitan police

33

86

213

435

1,492

4,514

17,950

24,722

Norfolk

2

9

8

28

70

218

917

1,252

Northamptonshire

3

6

9

18

58

157

769

1,020

Northumbria

4

12

23

45

171

519

2,462

3,236

North Yorkshire

3

5

13

21

82

229

924

1,277

Nottinghamshire

3

6

16

32

116

325

1,523

2,021

South Yorkshire

5

10

22

37

148

404

1,917

2,543

Staffordshire

4

6

13

29

87

310

1,342

1,791

Suffolk

3

7

9

17

58

155

749

998

Surrey

5

6

21

30

81

260

1,043

1,446

Sussex

5

16

19

39

150

388

1,781

2,398

Thames Valley

2

11

31

40

182

475

2,492

3,233

Warwickshire

4

5

7

16

46

131

598

807

West Mercia

3

9

15

20

101

327

1,366

1,841

West Midlands

6

27

33

44

294

904

4,747

6,056

West Yorkshire

5

16

35

60

237

645

3,310

4,309

Wiltshire

3

7

7

19

61

137

686

920

Dyfed Powys

3

5

11

15

51

175

683

943

Gwent

3

4

10

13

57

208

856

1,151

North Wales

4

6

14

15

73

228

935

1,274

South Wales

4

9

26

49

146

451

1,929

2,614

Total of all 43 forces

189

435

908

1,645

6,135

18,128

82,564

110,003

National Crime Squad (NCS)3

0

5

15

41

87

193

621

962

National Crime Intelligence Squad (NCIS)

0

6

8

16

8

18

27

83

Central Service secondments

9

33

52

69

66

97

174

500

British Transport Police

4

11

13

36

107

287

1,669

2,126

Total other services

13

55

88

162

268

595

2,490

3,671

Total police service strength

202

490

996

1,807

6,402

18,723

85,054

113,674

Total police service strength (excluding BTP)

198

479

983

1,771

6,296

18,436

83,385

111,548

Full-time equivalents1

Female ranks

Police force

ACPO rank

Chief Superintendent

Superintendent

Chief Inspector

Inspector

Sergeant

Constable

Total female ranks

Avon and Somerset

1

2

3

9

15

60

631

721

Bedfordshire

1

1

1

2

9

24

267

305

Cambridgeshire

1

0

2

4

5

36

281

329

Cheshire

0

0

1

3

15

54

423

496

Cleveland

0

0

0

2

5

30

304

341

Cumbria

1

1

1

2

3

22

308

339

Derbyshire

0

1

2

3

10

32

375

422

Devon and Cornwall

2

0

3

3

25

60

701

795

Dorset

0

0

2

1

10

30

269

311

Durham

0

1

1

1

9

34

347

393

Essex

0

0

4

5

19

79

680

787

Gloucestershire

0

1

1

1

7

24

260

294

Greater Manchester

0

5

4

15

60

189

1.582

1,854

Hampshire

0

0

5

8

26

114

788

940

Hertfordshire

0

1

3

2

13

50

517

587

Humberside

0

0

1

7

7

37

440

492

Kent

0

1

2

10

25

78

753

869

Lancashire

1

1

2

8

27

80

698

817

Leicestershire

0

1

2

3

12

34

424

476

Lincolnshire

0

1

0

3

4

24

213

245

London, City of

0

0

0

3

5

18

154

180

Merseyside

2

0

3

7

31

87

733

863

Metropolitan Police

6

6

16

35

176

673

5,313

6,225

Norfolk

1

1

3

1

9

33

275

323

Northamptonshire

1

0

0

3

10

37

268

318

Northumbria

2

0

4

7

21

76

721

831

North Yorkshire

1

2

2

1

6

42

322

376

Nottinghamshire

1

0

3

2

7

58

420

491

South Yorkshire

0

1

1

6

21

73

661

762

Staffordshire

1

0

1

2

9

45

452

511

Suffolk

0

0

1

3

5

24

277

309

Surrey

1

1

1

6

22

62

429

521

Sussex

0

1

2

8

25

69

624

729

Thames Valley

1

1

4

6

32

92

919

1,055

Warwickshire

0

0

1

1

5

8

218

233

West Mercia

1

1

1

7

11

54

470

545

West Midlands

0

1

4

9

57

203

1,861

2,135

West Yorkshire

1

3

1

5

40

108

1,217

1,376

Wiltshire

0

1

0

0

8

25

275

309

Dyfed Powys

0

0

0

0

9

17

225

251

Gwent

0

1

0

2

5

19

288

316

North Wales

0

1

1

0

6

28

324

360

South Wales

1

0

3

6

15

77

587

689

Total of all 43 forces

27

38

92

211

839

3,021

27,293

31,520

National Crime Squad (NCS)3

0

0

2

3

6

18

88

117

National Crime Intelligence Squad (NCIS)

0

0

0

0

0

4

5

9

Central Service secondments

1

4

3

11

10

14

34

77

British Transport Police

0

0

1

4

11

30

327

372

Total other services

1

4

6

18

27

66

454

576

Total police service strength

28

42

98

229

865

3,087

27,747

32,096

Total police service strength (excluding BTP)

28

42

97

225

855

3,057

27,420

31,723

Full-time equivalents1

Police force

Total police ranks

Total officers per 100,000 population2

Total constables

Constables per 100,000 population

Avon and Somerset

3,439

226

2,715

179

Bedfordshire

1,225

213

974

169

Cambridgeshire

1,449

196

1,101

149

Cheshire

2,218

223

1,710

172

Cleveland

1,702

308

1,338

242

Cumbria

1,265

256

999

202

Derbyshire

2,073

212

1,628

166

Devon and Cornwall

3,540

219

2,788

172

Dorset

1,512

216

1,178

168

Durham

1,716

288

1,346

226

Essex

3,322

203

2,630

161

Gloucestershire

1,303

228

999

174

Greater Manchester

8,071

318

6,429

253

Hampshire

3,800

211

2,923

162

Hertfordshire

2,166

208

1,758

169

Humberside

2,232

251

1,736

196

Kent

3,648

227

2,907

181

Lancashire

3,635

253

2,816

196

Leicestershire

2,277

241

1,820

192

Lincolnshire

1,236

183

957

142

London, City of

875

649

Merseyside

4,302

315

3,331

244

Metropolitan Police

30,948

417

23,263

313

Norfolk

1,575

193

1,191

146

Northamptonshire

1,338

207

1,037

160

Northumbria

4,066

291

3,183

228

North Yorkshire

1,653

216

1,246

163

Nottinghamshire

2,512

243

1,943

188

South Yorkshire

3,305

259

2,578

202

Staffordshire

2,302

219

1,794

171

Suffolk

1,307

191

1,026

150

Surrey

1,967

184

1,472

138

Sussex

3,127

207

2,405

159

Thames Valley

4,288

202

3,411

161

Warwickshire

1,040

198

816

155

West Mercia

2,385

202

1,836

156

West Midlands

8,192

318

6,608

256

West Yorkshire

5,685

270

4,527

215

Wiltshire

1,230

196

962

153

Dyfed Powys

1,194

237

908

180

Gwent

1,467

264

1,144

206

North Wales

1,634

242

1,258

187

South Wales

3,303

271

2,516

207

Total of all 43 forces

141,523

267

109,857

207

National Crime Squad (NCS)3

1,079

709

National Crime Intelligence Squad (NCIS)

92

32

Central Service secondments

577

208

British Transport Police

2,499

1,995

Total other services

4,247

2,236

Total police service strength

145,770

275

112,801

213

Total police service strength (excluding BTP)

143,271

270

110,806

209

1 This and other tables contain 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 Officers per 100,000 population for City of London and Metropolitan police are combined. 3 The Director Generals, Directors and Deputy Directors left NCS to join SOCA before 31 March 2006 and therefore no officers are recorded at ACPO rank as they had already ceased to be police officers.