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Police: Manpower

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each police force in each year since 1997. (158855)

The information is shown in the following table.

Police officer strength1 (FTE)2 by police force as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2007

Police force

19973

1998

1999

2000

20014

2002

20035

20045

20055

20065

20075

Avon and Somerset

2,989

2,976

2,999

2,934

2,994

3,096

3,149

3,401

3,384

3,389

3,375

Bedfordshire

1,094

1,079

1,041

1,028

1,036

1,069

1,106

1,181

1,215

1,198

1,185

Cambridgeshire

1,302

1,291

1,274

1,237

1,296

1,362

1,384

1,400

1,402

1,430

1,381

Cheshire

2,046

2,042

2,071

2,011

2,002

2,059

2,119

2,177

2,186

2,174

2,192

Cleveland

1,459

1,483

1,416

1,404

1,407

1,461

1,582

1,687

1,676

1,677

1,713

Cumbria

1,144

1,164

1,126

1,084

1,048

1,100

1,140

1,222

1,232

1,230

1,244

Derbyshire

1,791

1,772

1,759

1,777

1,823

1,848

2,003

2,070

2,070

2,046

2023

Devon and Cornwall

2,865

2,962

2,887

2,841

2,934

3,053

3,202

3,283

3,369

3,493

3,476

Dorset

1,284

1,310

1,279

1,306

1,354

1,381

1,416

1,433

1,450

1,485

1,492

Durham

1,461

1,515

1,568

1,558

1,595

1,614

1,651

1,685

1,718

1,699

1 ,683

Essex

2,961

2,928

2,891

2,806

2,897

2,946

2,989

3,098

3,190

3,279

3,297

Gloucestershire

1,133

1,104

1,104

1,114

1,173

1,183

1,227

1,284

1,291

1,289

1,303

Greater Manchester

6,922

6,949

6,810

6,795

6,909

7,217

7,343

8,042

8,041

7,959

7,887

Hampshire

3,452

3,490

3,473

3,419

3,438

3,480

3,668

3,706

3,725

3,707

3,796

Hertfordshire

1,759

1,740

1,724

1,767

1,922

1,825

1,957

2,086

2,104

2,126

2,159

Humberside

2,045

2,021

1,974

1,932

1,917

2,058

2,105

2,213

2,230

2,224

2,227

Kent

3,260

3,251

3,201

3,204

3,319

3,355

3,487

3,576

3,586

3,599

3,664

Lancashire

3,248

3,257

3,245

3,179

3,255

3,304

3,339

3,550

3,551

3,583

3,566

Leicestershire

1,949

1,983

1,993

1,993

2,032

2,100

2,114

2,277

2,283

2,250

2,225

Lincolnshire

1,196

1,191

1,140

1,115

1,202

1,198

1,221

1,228

1,221

1,213

1,221

London, City of

859

825

778

732

703

764

808

853

876

869

854

Merseyside

4,230

4,216

4,211

4,085

4,081

4,125

4,099

4,122

4,317

4,269

4,413

Metropolitan Police

26,677

26,094

26,073

25,485

24,878

26,223

27,984

29,735

30,710

30,536

30,710

Norfolk

1,432

1,430

1,381

1,381

1,420

1,468

1,499

1,510

1,544

1,557

1,565

Northamptonshire

1,177

1,169

1,137

1,117

1,157

1,214

1,210

1,239

1,267

1,317

1,281

Northumbria

3,677

3,769

3,840

3,788

3,857

3,929

3,943

4,040

4,048

3,983

3,917

North Yorkshire

1,338

1,367

1,337

1,283

1,305

1,417

1,444

1,529

1,543

1,636

1,654

Nottinghamshire

2,323

2,323

2,225

2,204

2,275

2,330

2,411

2,484

2,502

2,477

2,410

South Yorkshire

3,159

3,182

3,168

3,163

3,197

3,199

3,183

3,279

3,265

3,255

3,254

Staffordshire

2,211

2,292

2,238

2,170

2,129

2,133

2,202

2,266

2,280

2,272

2,288

Suffolk

1,174

1,186

1,190

1,145

1,133

1,203

1,253

1,304

1,313

1,300

1,342

Surrey

1,620

1,608

1,662

1,785

2,066

1,992

1,906

1,913

1,915

1,922

1,914

Sussex

3,085

2,996

2,847

2,822

2,855

2,893

2,989

3,039

3,044

3,092

3,077

Thames Valley

3,695

3,776

3,748

3,740

3,703

3,762

3,833

4,034

4,114

4,229

4,197

Warwickshire

926

924

908

900

926

969

997

1,008

1,011

1,032

1,059

West Mercia

2,040

2,010

2,025

1,887

1,951

2,018

2,256

2,355

2,367

2,351

2,400

West Midlands

7,113

7,156

7,321

7,194

7,423

7,681

7,751

7,887

8,056

8,097

8,173

West Yorkshire

5,209

5,155

4,982

4,822

4,815

4,889

5,029

5,275

5,631

5,644

5,655

Wiltshire

1,154

1,156

1,151

1,118

1,120

1,157

1,158

1,217

1,222

1,219

1 ,204

Dyfed-Powys

1,005

1,002

1,026

1,040

1,055

1,132

1,149

1,160

1,174

1,182

1,177

Gwent

1,243

1,233

1,247

1,264

1,274

1,333

1,341

1,372

1,438

1,467

1,493

North Wales

1,369

1,396

1,391

1,403

1,444

1,506

1,539

1,603

1,652

1,617

1,591

South Wales

2,976

2,986

2,981

2,926

3,154

3,222

3,239

3,279

3,281

3,263

3,297

Total England and Wales

125,051

124,756

123,841

121,956

123,476

127,267

131,426

137,105

139,491

139,631

140,032

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 excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave

3 Boundary changes on 1 April 1996 transferred resources for the policing of the Rhmney Valley from South Wales Police to Gwent Police.

4 Boundary changes on 1 April 2000 transferred some resources from the Metropolitan Police to Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey police forces.

5 Comparable strength (excludes those on career breaks, or maternity/paternity leave). The Police Numbers Task Force (2001) recommended that a clear presentation was made of the numbers of staff employed by police forces including those seconded into the force and those on any type of long or short term absence. These new calculations were first used in 2003, and are not comparable with data prior to March 2003. The data from 2003 onwards used here are termed comparable because they have been calculated on the old basis to allow comparison.