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Police: Recruitment

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were recruited in (a) Hampshire and (b) England in each year since 1997. (151027)

The available data are contained in the following table. Figures prior to 2002-03 were not collected on a comparable basis by the Home Office.

Police officer recruits1 to police forces from 2002-03 to 2005-062, FTE2002-032003-042004-052005-06Hampshire267282204244England7,14810,4977,7326,260 1 Recruits included those officers joining as police standard direct recruits and those who were previously special constables. This excludes police officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining.2 Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive. Comparable data are not available prior to 2002-03.