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Police: Resignations

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of police officers in each police force area left the police force within two years of joining in each of the last 10 years. (168640)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police recruits left the police force within two years of joining since 1997, broken down by police force area; and what percentage of leavers that figure represents. (165671)

Data are available from 2002-03 onwards and are given in the following tables. The number of transfers between forces has been separately identified as these officers, while leaving individual police forces, have not left the police service itself.

Number of police officers leaving the force with less than two years service and the percentage of total police officer leavers that this figure represents from 2002-03 to 2006-071

2002-03

Police force area

Number of transfers (included as part of overall officers leaving the service)

Number of police officers leaving the force with less than two years service

Percentage of police officers leaving with less than two years service

Avon and Somerset

0

39

19

Bedfordshire

0

17

18

Cambridgeshire

1

17

16

Cheshire

0

6

5

Cleveland

0

2

3

Cumbria

0

5

8

Derbyshire

0

7

6

Devon and Cornwall

0

20

13

Dorset

0

13

19

Durham

6

8

Dyfed-Powys

1

6

11

Essex

4

23

11

Gloucestershire

0

13

16

Greater Manchester

2

56

15

Gwent

0

2

3

Hampshire

3

29

13

Hertfordshire

3

33

17

Humberside

17

16

Kent

5

43

20

Lancashire2

Leicestershire3

1

9

7

Lincolnshire

5

15

21

London, City of

0

11

19

Merseyside

1

10

5

Metropolitan Police

16

410

24

Norfolk

0

12

13

Northamptonshire

0

8

14

Northumbria

0

20

12

North Wales

1

9

12

North Yorkshire

8

14

Nottinghamshire

8

6

South Wales

1

25

16

South Yorkshire

1

24

14

Staffordshire

12

9

Suffolk

1

12

14

Surrey

20

53

21

Sussex

2

47

19

Thames valley

13

53

14

Warwickshire

0

12

21

West Mercia

1

13

11

West Midlands

4

88

17

West Yorkshire

1

30

12

Wiltshire

0

10

12

Total4

96

1,244

16

2003-04

Police force area

Number of transfers (included as part of overall officers leaving the service)

Number of police officers leaving the force with less than two years service

Percentage of police officers leaving with less than two years service

Avon and Somerset

0

33

23

Bedfordshire

1

22

21

Cambridgeshire

0

10

11

Cheshire

2

12

11

Cleveland

0

9

11

Cumbria

0

3

6

Derbyshire

0

13

15

Devon and Cornwall

0

10

8

Dorset

1

15

20

Durham

3

11

14

Dyfed-Powys

0

5

13

Essex

4

19

9

Gloucestershire

1

10

18

Greater Manchester

0

65

20

Gwent

0

3

4

Hampshire

3

48

21

Hertfordshire

3

43

27

Humberside

4

22

23

Kent

1

45

20

Lancashire2

0

18

14

Leicestershire3

0

16

19

Lincolnshire

0

7

11

London, City of

0

5

9

Merseyside

0

14

8

Metropolitan Police

11

394

25

Norfolk

0

6

12

Northamptonshire

1

7

10

Northumbria

0

20

11

North Wales

7

12

North Yorkshire

0

7

9

Nottinghamshire

6

14

11

South Wales

4

11

7

South Yorkshire

3

23

14

Staffordshire

0

12

12

Suffolk

1

20

27

Surrey

11

40

27

Sussex

1

87

30

Thames valley

5

37

12

Warwickshire

0

7

13

West Mercia

1

22

18

West Midlands

0

7

2

West Yorkshire

1

32

13

Wiltshire

3

14

21

Total4

71

1,191

17

2004-05

Police force area

Number of transfers (included as part of overall officers leaving the service)

Number of police officers leaving the force with less than two years service

Percentage of police officers leaving with less than two years service

Avon and Somerset

0

30

17

Bedfordshire

0

30

31

Cambridgeshire

0

12

12

Cheshire

1

17

16

Cleveland

1

14

17

Cumbria

0

8

18

Derbyshire

1

6

6

Devon and Cornwall

0

18

10

Dorset

0

13

16

Durham

4

17

21

Dyfed-Powys

0

10

16

Essex

0

34

15

Gloucestershire

0

11

19

Greater Manchester

1

55

15

Gwent

0

4

5

Hampshire

3

37

14

Hertfordshire

1

38

24

Humberside

1

12

11

Kent

0

27

13

Lancashire2

1

21

13

Leicestershire3

Lincolnshire

3

14

18

London, City of

0

6

10

Merseyside

3

22

10

Metropolitan Police

3

214

16

Norfolk

0

7

9

Northamptonshire

0

5

5

Northumbria

1

20

12

North Wales

0

10

19

North Yorkshire

0

13

15

Nottinghamshire

4

15

10

South Wales

0

11

8

South Yorkshire

0

30

17

Staffordshire

0

34

27

Suffolk

3

16

22

Surrey

11

30

19

Sussex

3

84

32

Thames valley

1

62

20

Warwickshire

0

3

5

West Mercia

2

13

11

West Midlands

4

72

16

West Yorkshire

3

40

15

Wiltshire

0

11

14

Total4

55

1,125

16

2005-06

Police force area

Number of transfers (included as part of overall officers leaving the service)

Number of police officers leaving the force with less than two years service

Percentage of police officers leaving with less than two years service

Avon and Somerset

0

15

8

Bedfordshire

0

16

18

Cambridgeshire

1

12

11

Cheshire

0

8

4

Cleveland

1

8

8

Cumbria

0

5

7

Derbyshire

0

4

3

Devon and Cornwall

1

24

12

Dorset

0

15

14

Durham

4

16

16

Dyfed-Powys

0

4

5

Essex

1

39

15

Gloucestershire

0

4

4

Greater Manchester

0

43

9

Gwent

0

12

15

Hampshire

0

32

11

Hertfordshire

1

31

18

Humberside

2

20

13

Kent

3

23

8

Lancashire2

0

13

6

Leicestershire3

0

19

12

Lincolnshire

3

14

15

London, City of

0

3

4

Merseyside

1

19

7

Metropolitan Police

0

95

6

Norfolk

0

11

12

Northamptonshire

0

10

11

Northumbria

0

13

6

North Wales

0

6

6

North Yorkshire

1

3

3

Nottinghamshire

1

4

3

South Wales

0

13

7

South Yorkshire

0

21

9

Staffordshire

0

12

11

Suffolk

0

10

11

Surrey

4

22

15

Sussex

1

49

22

Thames valley

1

41

12

Warwickshire

0

5

7

West Mercia

0

9

6

West Midlands

9

63

13

West Yorkshire

1

63

17

Wiltshire

0

12

16

Total4

36

829

10

2006-07

Police force area

Number of transfers (included as part of overall officers leaving the service)

Number of police officers leaving the force with less than two years service

Percentage of police officers leaving with less than two years service

Avon and Somerset

2

10

6

Bedfordshire

1

12

21

Cambridgeshire

0

12

13

Cheshire

0

16

14

Cleveland

1

16

21

Cumbria

0

7

14

Derbyshire

0

9

6

Devon and Cornwall

0

20

15

Dorset

0

15

14

Durham

0

8

13

Dyfed-Powys

0

3

6

Essex

0

42

15

Gloucestershire

1

4

5

Greater Manchester

0

20

4

Gwent

0

8

12

Hampshire

0

22

10

Hertfordshire

0

28

16

Humberside

1

16

13

Kent

0

14

6

Lancashire2

0

15

9

Leicestershire3

1

8

6

Lincolnshire

1

7

9

London, City of

0

2

3

Merseyside

0

33

13

Metropolitan Police

5

81

5

Norfolk

0

12

12

Northamptonshire

3

13

13

Northumbria

0

13

7

North Wales

0

8

9

North Yorkshire

5

17

17

Nottinghamshire

0

6

4

South Wales

1

10

5

South Yorkshire

2

25

13

Staffordshire

0

12

10

Suffolk

0

3

6

Surrey

6

51

27

Sussex

0

37

17

Thames valley

1

29

10

Warwickshire

1

7

9

West Mercia

0

12

8

West Midlands

5

50

10

West Yorkshire

5

44

13

Wiltshire

2

6

10

Total4

44

760

10

1 Leaving figures include police officers leaving the force within two years of joining or re-joining the service, due to dismissals (including requirement to resign), voluntary resignations, medical retirements, ordinary retirements, all transfers and all deaths.

2 Data for Lancashire was not available in 2002-03.

3 Data for Leicestershire was not available in 2004-05.

4 In order to compare data between 2002-03 and 2006-07 Lancashire and Leicestershire have been excluded from the total.