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Police: Dogs

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dog handlers there were in each police force in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (124509)

The available data are given in the following table.

Police officers whose primary function1 is dogs by police force area, as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 20062 (FTE)3

31 March 2003

31 March 20044

31 March 2005

31 March 2006

Avon and Somerset

47

45

45

45

Bedfordshire

19

18

17

18

Cambridgeshire

19

18

18

19

Cheshire

24

23

22

21

Cleveland

18

19

19

17

Cumbria

20

21

19

20

Derbyshire

24

24

24

24

Devon and Cornwall

48

47

48

49

Dorset

22

20

21

22

Durham

26

27

24

25

Essex

46

45

48

48

Gloucestershire

16

14

17

17

Greater Manchester

116

118

90

96

Hampshire

28

35

36

36

Hertfordshire

27

26

26

29

Humberside

28

28

27

27

Kent

48

45

47

Lancashire

41

35

36

30

Leicestershire

4

25

24

22

Lincolnshire

22

22

22

19

London, City of

18

17

18

18

Merseyside

31

32

35

45

Metropolitan Police

205

237

241

251

Norfolk

19

22

20

20

Northamptonshire

14

13

13

13

Northumbria

54

60

61

60

North Yorkshire

23

23

21

21

Nottinghamshire

30

32

33

33

South Yorkshire

52

50

44

48

Staffordshire

27

28

27

25

Suffolk

14

14

13

13

Surrey

34

36

33

34

Sussex

49

48

51

47

Thames Valley

43

40

39

40

Warwickshire

15

15

16

16

West Mercia

35

37

38

37

West Midlands

69

69

67

69

West Yorkshire

62

68

61

58

Wiltshire

15

15

17

18

Dyfed-Powys

19

19

20

19

Gwent

16

15

15

16

North Wales

12

12

15

11

South Wales

43

40

43

39

1 Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The deployment of police officers is an operational matter for individual chief constables.

2 Data not available prior to 2002-03.

3 Full-time equivalent. This figure includes those officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

4 Excludes Kent. Data not available.