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Forensic Science

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crime scene investigators are in post in each police force in England and Wales; and what percentage of these are civilian. (138480)

[holding answer 22 May 2007]: The information requested is not collected centrally in the police personnel statistics. The available information is the number of police officers and police staff who are primarily involved in the function “scenes of crime”. These data are given in the following table.

The “scenes of crime” function refers to those staff who are predominately employed in providing scientific support, or supporting those who provide scientific support, including scenes of crime officers, their supervisors and those engaged in administrative duties relating thereto.

Scenes of crime function1,2 (FTE)3 in England and Wales by police force as at 31 March 2006

Total number of officers/staff

Percentage of civilian staff in total number

Avon and Somerset

73

100

Bedfordshire

42

100

Cambridgeshire

0

Cheshire

41

100

Cleveland

36

75

Cumbria

34

100

Derbyshire

62

100

Devon and Cornwall

75

89

Dorset

33

94

Durham

38

97

Essex

72

34

Gloucestershire4

8

Greater Manchester

145

95

Hampshire

103

66

Hertfordshire

54

94

Humberside

51

86

Kent

95

100

Lancashire

74

93

Leicestershire

46

100

Lincolnshire

0

London, City of

13

54

Merseyside

89

92

Metropolitan Police

732

92

Norfolk

40

100

Northamptonshire

42

100

Northumbria

70

62

North Yorkshire

36

95

Nottinghamshire

51

100

South Yorkshire

78

74

Staffordshire

50

100

Suffolk

24

100

Surrey

48

100

Sussex

81

92

Thames Valley

92

98

Warwickshire

21

100

West Mercia

56

100

West Midlands4

2

West Yorkshire

146

97

Wiltshire

26

96

Dyfed-Powys

13

52

Gwent

39

62

North Wales4

0

South Wales

36

3

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 Overall force totals including those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. The data in the function breakdown are from unpublished sources and therefore totals may not match totals found in the published data.

3 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 the totals in this table and totals in similar published tables.

4 Data are not available for police staff only.