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Police Air Support Units

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are employed in police air support units in each police authority area. (145439)

[holding answer 25 June 2007]: The available data are given in the following table. The officers in the table are predominantly employed either as pilots, ground crew, air observers or in administrative functions connected with air support, as well as other supporting roles. A number of police staff are also involved in these roles, but are not included in the table.

Police officers (FTE)1 whose main function is Air2

As at 31 March 2006

Avon and Somerset

7

Bedfordshire

4

Cambridgeshire

6

Cheshire

5

Cleveland

6

Cumbria

0

Derbyshire

5

Devon and Cornwall

6

Dorset

11

Durham

4

Essex

8

Gloucestershire

3

Greater Manchester

22

Hampshire

6

Hertfordshire

4

Humberside

10

Kent

0

Lancashire

11

Leicestershire

3

Lincolnshire

0

London, City of

0

Merseyside

13

Metropolitan police

20

Norfolk

2

Northamptonshire

3

Northumbria

10

North Yorkshire

0

Nottinghamshire

5

South Yorkshire

11

Staffordshire

4

Suffolk

7

Surrey

8

Sussex

4

Thames Valley

9

Warwickshire

3

West Mercia

3

West Midlands

12

West Yorkshire

14

Wiltshire

4

Dyfed-Powys

7

Gwent

5

North Wales

9

South Wales

5

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

2 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding was provided for police air support units in each police authority area in each of the last five years. (145441)

[holding answer 25 June 2007]: The Home Office has provided the following sums, in capital grant for Air Support, to Authorities over the past five years. Where Consortia have bid for funding, the allocation is listed against the ‘Lead’ Force.

Force

Consortium

Funding (£)

Avon and Somerset

Western Counties

25,000

Bedfordshire

Chiltern

1

Cambridgeshire

East Anglia

1,421,000

Cheshire

374,000

Cleveland

North East

2

Cumbria

5

Derbyshire

North Midlands

861,000

Devon and Cornwall

1,236,000

Dorset

222,000

Durham

North East

2

Dyfed-Powys

280,000

Essex

92,000

Gloucestershire

Western Counties

3

Greater Manchester

787,000

Gwent

S and E Wales

4

Hampshire

Hertfordshire

Chiltern

1

Humberside

243,000

Kent

5

Lancashire

Leicestershire

East Midlands

1,491,000

Lincolnshire

5

Merseyside

24,000

Metropolitan Police

7,886,000

Norfolk

6

Northamptonshire

East Midlands

7

Northumbria

North East

547,000

North Wales

261,000

North Yorkshire

5

Nottinghamshire

North Midlands

8

South Wales

S and E Wales

6

South Yorkshire

392,000

Staffordshire

Central Counties

9

Suffolk

East Anglia

37,000

Surrey

924,000

Sussex

67,000

Thames Valley

Chiltern

851,000

Warwickshire

East Midlands

7

West Mercia

Central Counties

8,000

West Midlands

1,726,000

West Yorkshire

367,000

Wiltshire

6

1 See Thames Valley

2 See Northumbria

3 See Avon and Somerset

4 See South Wales

5 No ASU

6 Leased aircraft

7 See Leics

8 See Derbyshire

9 See West Mercia