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Police: Employment

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) work part-time and (b) have secondary employment outside the police. (121910)

The number of police officers who worked part-time is shown in the following table. The Home Office does not collect information on the number of police officers who have secondary employment outside of the police force. The decision to grant officers permission to have secondary employment is determined by the chief officer.

Part-time police officer strength by gender as at 31 March 2006

Headcount1

Female

Male

Avon and Somerset

137

11

Bedfordshire

47

3

Cambridgeshire

34

2

Cheshire

77

0

Cleveland

55

3

Cumbria

67

5

Derbyshire

85

9

Devon and Cornwall

180

19

Dorset

80

4

Durham

46

3

Dyfed-Powys

50

7

Essex

119

38

Gloucestershire

84

7

Greater Manchester

211

11

Gwent

48

4

Hampshire

151

9

Hertfordshire

102

8

Humberside

101

4

Kent

151

15

Lancashire

122

8

Leicestershire

63

10

Lincolnshire

28

4

London, City of

17

3

Merseyside

101

10

Metropolitan Police

956

122

Norfolk

76

4

Northamptonshire

66

15

Northumbria

126

8

North Wales

36

1

North Yorkshire

45

1

Nottinghamshire

96

8

South Wales

92

2

South Yorkshire

104

7

Staffordshire

106

3

Suffolk

69

7

Surrey

74

6

Sussex2

177

n/a

Thames Valley

140

21

Warwickshire

31

0

West Mercia

84

4

West Midlands

339

25

West Yorkshire

224

16

Wiltshire

57

7

1 Headcount figures relate to the total number of individuals employed by the police including those on long-term or other absence.

2 Breakdown of data is not available for male officers in Sussex, the total headcount is 2,404 officers.