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Community Support Officers: East Sussex

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there were in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last five years. (125450)

Police community support officers (PCSOs) were introduced as part of the Police Reform Act 2002; therefore data for PCSO strength are available from 2002-03 onwards.

PCSO strength data are not centrally collected at the borough level; therefore figures for Eastbourne are not available. PCSO strength data are not centrally collected at the county level, so figures for East Sussex are not available. PCSO strength data are collected at the force level, so data for Sussex police force for the requested time periods are given in the table.

PCSO strength data will be centrally collected at the force basic command unit level from 2006-07 onwards.

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

Police force: Sussex

At 31 March each year

Number

2003

22

2004

83

20054

228

20064

257

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.