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Police: Manpower

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in England and Wales were in post on the most recent date for which figures are available, broken down by rank; and how many in each rank were (a) black and (b) Asian. (165672)

The most recent date for which figures are available is 31 March 2007; these data are given in the following table:

Police officer strength (full-time equivalent) in England and Wales, as at 31 March 2007

Police ranks

Total all police officers

Total Black or Black British

Total Asian or Asian British

ACPO1

206

1

4

Chief Superintendent

469

3

6

Superintendent

987

8

10

Chief inspector

1,848

10

18

Inspector

7,034

35

72

Sergeant

21,949

179

235

Constable

109,399

1,113

1,766

Total all ranks

141,892

1,349

2,111

1 ACPO refers to the Association of Chief Police Officers. Note: This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers and (c) police ancillary staff were employed in each London borough in each year since 1997. (167410)

The requested information has been collected centrally at London borough level since 2003 only. It is shown in the following tables.

Number of police officers, police community support officers and police staff by London borough: 2003-071, as at 31 March each year

Table A: Police officers (FTE)1

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Barking and Dagenham

360

384

419

426

427

Barnet

522

541

561

554

551

Bexley

315

338

383

361

371

Brent

619

683

679

667

672

Bromley

417

459

489

484

493

Camden

719

794

850

854

812

City of Westminster

1,565

1,637

1,617

1,572

1,561

Croydon

624

659

692

694

684

Ealing

652

697

686

673

681

Enfield

490

538

575

560

582

Greenwich

604

583

605

615

632

Hackney

673

766

789

767

744

Hammersmith and Fulham

513

516

526

553

562

Haringey

633

682

683

717

689

Harrow

302

333

342

347

354

Havering

340

343

383

380

383

Hillingdon

458

484

498

506

495

Hounslow

467

472

510

501

519

Islington

623

680

683

685

678

Kensington and Chelsea

528

575

562

574

568

Kingston upon Thames

272

275

298

307

294

Lambeth

968

941

984

994

953

Lewisham

571

625

646

649

619

Merton

304

339

352

353

377

Newham

692

781

782

781

758

Redbridge

393

440

459

471

467

Richmond upon Thames

284

285

287

294

303

Southwark

838

869

891

873

846

Sutton

266

280

291

307

306

Tower Hamlets

686

760

761

775

756

Waltham Forest

486

533

546

556

543

Wandsworth

557

612

582

607

599

City of London

434

445

438

438

412

Table B: Police community support officers (FTE)1,2

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Barking and Dagenham

78

Barnet

144

Bexley

87

Brent

83

Bromley

131

Camden

64

City of Westminster

335

Croydon

149

Ealing

107

Enfield

119

Greenwich

102

Hackney

66

Hammersmith and Fulham

74

Haringey

78

Harrow

82

Havering

83

Hillingdon

84

Hounslow

89

Islington

54

Kensington and Chelsea

105

Kingston upon Thames

60

Lambeth

119

Lewisham

74

Merton

76

Newham

105

Redbridge

95

Richmond upon Thames

69

Southwark

75

Sutton

71

Tower Hamlets

86

Waltham Forest

76

Wandsworth

88

City of London

36

Table C: Police staff (FTE)1,3

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Barking and Dagenham

83

85

119

130

83

Barnet

156

152

176

171

121

Bexley

76

98

150

165

114

Brent

151

155

165

172

131

Bromley

114

106

139

149

94

Camden

193

197

248

265

204

City of Westminster

536

518

579

617

348

Croydon

193

169

199

203

164

Ealing

156

168

215

181

133

Enfield

122

136

150

158

117

Greenwich

149

135

155

172

122

Hackney

161

164

196

204

153

Hammersmith and Fulham

144

115

143

151

118

Haringey

164

177

195

187

145

Harrow

77

82

98

108

83

Havering

93

106

120

128

83

Hillingdon

105

111

149

145

98

Hounslow

114

128

154

135

105

Islington

136

129

120

131

77

Kensington and Chelsea

133

146

188

224

126

Kingston upon Thames

68

68

87

104

68

Lambeth

253

250

273

272

205

Lewisham

168

131

170

188

136

Merton

79

75

105

105

84

Newham

171

156

208

226

148

Redbridge

116

106

144

152

100

Richmond upon Thames

77

92

114

116

83

Southwark

223

214

233

244

194

Sutton

88

78

105

125

80

Tower Hamlets

161

170

218

250

152

Waltham Forest

131

124

148

157

114

Wandsworth

168

149

177

179

129

City of London

46

48

67

64

44

1 All figures are full time equivalents (FTE) rounded to the nearest whole number.

2 PCSO figures included in all police staff totals for 2003-06, as separate figures below police force area collected centrally from 2007 only.

3 ‘All police staff’ figures include designated officers, police staff and traffic wardens for the whole period. Also includes PCSOs up to and including 31 March 2006. Figures for 31 March 2007 exclude PCSOs, as they are listed separately in table B above.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police officers were (a) men, (b) women, (c) black and minority ethnic (BME) men and (d) BME women in each of the last 10 years. (170585)

The requested data are published annually in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin series “Police Service Strength, England and Wales” which are available online and in the Library of the House.

The available data are given in the following table.

Proportion1 of police officers by gender and ethnicity2 as at 31 March 1998 to 2007

Percentage

Minority ethnic

31 March each year

Male

Female

Male

Female

1998

84.3

15.7

1.6

0.4

1999

83.9

16.1

1.6

0.4

2000

83.5

16.5

1.8

0.5

2001

82.8

17.2

1.9

0.5

2002

82.1

17.9

2.1

0.5

2003

81.0

19.0

2.3

0.6

2004

79.8

20.2

2.6

0.7

2005

78.8

21.2

2.8

0.8

2006

77.7

22.3

2.9

0.8

2007

76.7

23.3

3.0

0.9

1 Based on 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 and the sums of constituent items.

2 Minority ethnic officers only, does not include those officers whose ethnicity is listed as “not stated”.