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Police: Age

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average age of police recruits was in each of the last five years. (121778)

The information on all those recruited in the last five years is not held centrally.

Average age (years)

2006-071

27.5

2005-06

26.1

2004-05

26.3

2003-04

26.8

2002-03

27.7

1 Covers the period 1 November 2006 to 31 January 2007

The table gives the average age of those who are successful at the assessment centre. Since July 2005 all candidates to joint the police service have gone through the assessment centre, but the averages for 2002-05 are based on the smaller numbers applying to the forces which first adopted the assessment centre. Since there are further checks to be undertaken (such as vetting, fitness and medical checks), not all the successful candidates are eventually appointed, and some may accept other job offers in the meantime. The table therefore gives only an approximation of the average age of recruits.