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Police: Manpower

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police force scenes of crime officers there were in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years. (164802)

Information collected by the Home Office relates to the numbers of police officers and police staff that are primarily involved in the function “Scenes of Crime”. Data on this basis are available from 2005 and are contained in the following table.

Scenes of crime function1,2 (FTE) in England and Wales as at 31 March

Total number of officers/staff

2005

2977

2006

3101

2007

3067

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) required and (b) actual headcount is of uniformed police officers in each London borough division of the Metropolitan police force; and if she will make a statement. (166675)

[holding answer 20 November 2007]: The latest information available centrally relates to number of officers in post on 31 March 2007 for basic command units of the Metropolitan police (which corresponds with London boroughs, plus Heathrow). These figures appear in the following table.

Decisions on the deployment of officers to each BCU are a matter for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.

Police officer strength by Metropolitan police basic command unit, 31 March 20071

BCU

Number of police officers (full-time equivalent)

Barking and Dagenham

427

Barnet

551

Bexley

371

Brent

672

Bromley

493

Camden

812

City of Westminster

1,561

Croydon

684

Ealing

681

Enfield

582

Greenwich

632

Hackney

744

Hammersmith and Fulham

562

Haringey

689

Harrow

354

Havering

383

Hillingdon

495

Hounslow

519

Islington

678

Kensington and Chelsea

568

Kingston upon Thames

294

Lambeth

953

Lewisham

619

Merton

377

Newham

758

Redbridge

467

Richmond upon Thames

303

Southwark

846

Sutton

306

Tower Hamlets

756

Waltham Forest

543

Wandsworth

599

Heathrow

480

1 These figures are based on full-time equivalents that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Due to rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of constituent items. Figures include those officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.