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Police Service of Northern Ireland: Manpower

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers are serving in the Police Service of Northern Ireland, broken down by ethnic origin. (119312)

I am advised that as at 1 February 2007 there are 7,557 regular officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Their ethnic background can be broken down as follows:

Number

White

7,326

Pakistani

1

Black Caribbean

1

Black Other

1

Chinese

5

Indian

1

Mixed Ethnic

5

Other

9

Not stated

208

The PSNI have a number of positive outreach campaigns aimed at recruiting people from ethnic minorities, including the translation of advertisement and literature into four different languages.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian staff working for the Police Service of Northern Ireland are wholly employed on work connected with inquiries established by (i) the Government and (ii) the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. (125661)

Crime Support Department has a number of staff wholly employed undertaking work related to public inquiries set up by Government.

The number of PSNI officers and civilian staff in these areas are as follows:

Number

Police officers

4

Civilian staff

60.5

The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland does not establish inquiries. However, PSNI’s Historic Enquiries Team is conducting investigations into issues raised by the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland in their recent Operation Ballast report. No HET staff are wholly employed on work relating to investigations carried out by the police ombudsman.