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Police: Manpower

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of police officers left the police service (a) within two to five years, (b) within five to 10 years and (c) after over 10 years of joining, in each year since 1997, broken down by police force area. (176315)

Data are available from 2002-03 onwards, and the Home Office only started collecting this level of detail from that year.

These figures are given in the following tables, and are on the same basis as the ones given for police officers who left the service within two years of joining—28 November 2007, Official Report, columns 471-75W. 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 the number of transfers separately identified) and the percentage of total police officer leavers that this figure represents, from 2002-03 to 2006-071

(a) Officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

2002-03

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 two to less than five years' service

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

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

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

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

Avon and Somerset

4

9

4

7

14

10

Bedfordshire

4

13

14

8

16

15

Cambridgeshire

4

5

5

10

13

14

Cheshire

1

1

1

4

8

7

Cleveland

1

1

2

3

9

11

Cumbria

1

3

5

3

5

10

Derbyshire

3

6

5

1

7

8

Devon and Cornwall

5

7

5

1

8

6

Dorset

1

6

9

3

3

4

Durham

4

5

7

8

10

13

Dyfed-Powys

1

1

2

1

1

3

Essex

20

26

12

7

19

9

Gloucestershire

8

13

16

7

9

16

Greater Manchester

22

42

11

21

40

12

Gwent

0

6

10

4

6

8

Hampshire

10

17

8

12

20

9

Hertfordshire

14

19

10

7

16

10

Humberside

4

8

8

7

14

14

Kent

7

12

6

16

21

9

Lancashire2

0

13

10

Leicestershire3

10

14

11

0

4

5

Lincolnshire

3

4

5

5

8

13

London, City of

1

2

3

2

3

5

Merseyside

2

5

3

7

16

9

Metropolitan Police

143

187

11

147

205

13

Norfolk

2

3

3

1

3

6

Northamptonshire

2

5

9

4

12

16

Northumbria

3

8

5

4

15

8

North Wales

3

9

12

2

7

12

North Yorkshire

1

2

3

2

4

5

Nottinghamshire

10

7

10

14

11

South Wales

4

12

8

5

17

12

South Yorkshire

7

14

8

5

11

7

Staffordshire

3

8

6

3

6

6

Suffolk

8

13

15

2

3

Surrey

65

72

29

35

46

31

Sussex

11

15

6

13

21

7

Thames Valley

52

64

17

35

45

14

Warwickshire

4

10

17

4

8

14

West Mercia

3

6

5

0

5

4

West Midlands

51

65

12

46

69

15

West Yorkshire

1

10

4

6

15

6

Wiltshire

0

6

7

5

7

11

Total4

483

730

10

471

778

11

2004-052005-06

Police force area

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

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

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

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

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

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

Avon and Somerset

8

16

9

9

24

13

Bedfordshire

4

8

8

6

13

15

Cambridgeshire

10

20

19

13

21

19

Cheshire

3

7

6

3

14

8

Cleveland

6

13

16

8

19

18

Cumbria

1

2

4

2

4

6

Derbyshire

2

11

10

3

11

8

Devon and Cornwall

6

13

7

5

12

6

Dorset

0

4

5

1

9

9

Durham

4

10

12

4

7

7

Dyfed-Powys

1

3

5

2

6

8

Essex

13

22

10

14

26

10

Gloucestershire

1

3

5

5

11

12

Greater Manchester

12

47

13

34

73

15

Gwent

3

7

10

3

12

15

Hampshire

23

31

12

10

21

7

Hertfordshire

14

25

16

11

25

15

Humberside

5

21

19

10

16

10

Kent

10

23

11

11

30

11

Lancashire2

6

13

8

3

10

5

Leicestershire3

5

11

7

Lincolnshire

1

1

1

4

10

10

London, City of

8

9

15

9

11

14

Merseyside

9

20

9

2

10

4

Metropolitan Police

86

142

10

112

214

13

Norfolk

1

2

3

1

3

3

Northamptonshire

6

14

15

5

6

7

Northumbria

6

8

5

2

14

7

North Wales

0

8

15

0

3

3

North Yorkshire

7

16

18

4

8

8

Nottinghamshire

15

21

14

10

16

10

South Wales

1

6

5

2

14

8

South Yorkshire

6

11

6

3

14

6

Staffordshire

1

7

6

3

6

5

Suffolk

8

11

15

4

7

8

Surrey

32

42

27

15

26

17

Sussex

3

5

2

9

24

11

Thames Valley

38

52

17

36

62

19

Warwickshire

1

3

5

1

5

7

West Mercia

7

12

10

1

9

6

West Midlands

26

54

12

29

66

14

West Yorkshire

11

25

9

11

22

6

Wiltshire

2

8

10

0

6

8

Total4

401

763

11

417

910

11

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 two to less than five years' service

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

Avon and Somerset

16

28

17

Bedfordshire

2

12

21

Cambridgeshire

6

10

11

Cheshire

4

11

10

Cleveland

3

8

10

Cumbria

1

9

18

Derbyshire

3

10

7

Devon and Cornwall

3

8

6

Dorset

4

7

6

Durham

1

7

11

Dyfed-Powys

6

6

13

Essex

0

21

7

Gloucestershire

3

9

12

Greater Manchester

32

76

15

Gwent

8

12

18

Hampshire

14

19

9

Hertfordshire

24

45

25

Humberside

6

17

14

Kent

14

27

12

Lancashire2

4

20

11

Leicestershire3

7

17

12

Lincolnshire

3

10

12

London, City of

6

8

12

Merseyside

4

19

7

Metropolitan Police

86

226

13

Norfolk

2

7

7

Northamptonshire

8

13

13

Northumbria

3

15

8

North Wales

6

13

15

North Yorkshire

6

15

15

Nottinghamshire

7

15

10

South Wales

0

8

4

South Yorkshire

8

18

9

Staffordshire

6

16

14

Suffolk

4

9

17

Surrey

19

32

17

Sussex

12

32

15

Thames Valley

46

77

26

Warwickshire

7

11

15

West Mercia

4

16

11

West Midlands

26

65

13

West Yorkshire

16

38

11

Wiltshire

1

6

10

Total4

430

1,011

13

(b) Officers leaving with five to less than ten years' service

2002-03

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 two to less than five years' service

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

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

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

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

Avon and Somerset

12

25

12

5

14

10

Bedfordshire

6

6

7

8

10

10

Cambridgeshire

12

23

21

8

12

13

Cheshire

2

13

12

4

16

15

Cleveland

1

5

8

2

7

9

Cumbria

3

7

12

0

3

6

Derbyshire

2

7

6

1

4

5

Devon and Cornwall

4

13

8

6

11

9

Dorset

3

3

4

2

8

11

Durham

4

10

14

7

10

13

Dyfed-Powys

2

10

18

0

1

3

Essex

23

35

16

16

22

11

Gloucestershire

1

2

2

3

5

9

Greater Manchester

20

44

12

16

40

12

Gwent

0

9

15

0

4

5

Hampshire

14

22

10

19

32

14

Hertfordshire

21

25

13

8

11

7

Humberside

2

10

10

4

6

6

Kent

18

27

13

12

19

8

Lancashire2

0

9

7

Leicestershire3

14

28

22

0

10

12

Lincolnshire

2

5

7

2

5

8

London, City of

5

10

17

8

13

23

Merseyside

2

11

6

8

18

10

Metropolitan Police

93

179

10

88

144

9

Norfolk

5

8

9

2

4

8

Northamptonshire

6

7

13

7

14

19

Northumbria

6

17

10

4

20

11

North Wales

2

2

3

1

8

14

North Yorkshire

1

2

3

6

10

14

Nottinghamshire

17

12

6

7

6

South Wales

3

8

5

0

6

4

South Yorkshire

3

14

8

3

12

7

Staffordshire

5

17

13

4

10

10

Suffolk

1

3

4

1

7

9

Surrey

26

30

12

6

12

8

Sussex

17

28

11

17

30

10

Thames Valley

28

40

11

31

42

13

Warwickshire

2

2

3

1

1

2

West Mercia

5

8

7

10

15

12

West Midlands

57

82

16

43

93

21

West Yorkshire

6

18

7

7

25

10

Wiltshire

0

8

10

0

3

5

Total4

425

812

11

376

734

11

2004-052005-06

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

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

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

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

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

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

Avon and Somerset

5

15

9

6

14

8

Bedfordshire

4

5

5

3

3

3

Cambridgeshire

3

9

9

4

12

11

Cheshire

4

6

6

7

14

8

Cleveland

0

8

10

3

8

8

Cumbria

3

4

9

5

7

10

Derbyshire

5

9

8

1

3

2

Devon and Cornwall

7

11

6

5

13

7

Dorset

4

11

14

2

6

6

Durham

2

5

6

7

9

9

Dyfed-Powys

1

7

11

0

6

8

Essex

16

23

10

21

22

8

Gloucestershire

2

3

5

3

6

6

Greater Manchester

13

32

9

19

45

9

Gwent

5

11

15

3

9

11

Hampshire

17

27

10

9

19

6

Hertfordshire

9

15

10

17

23

13

Humberside

1

3

3

6

19

12

Kent

10

20

9

11

21

8

Lancashire2

2

8

5

4

6

3

Leicestershire3

11

23

14

Lincolnshire

3

8

10

4

7

7

London, City of

5

9

15

3

5

6

Merseyside

4

7

3

6

16

6

Metropolitan Police

62

136

10

77

140

9

Norfolk

3

4

5

2

7

8

Northamptonshire

4

10

11

4

8

9

Northumbria

5

11

7

7

15

7

North Wales

0

0

0

0

10

10

North Yorkshire

1

4

4

7

15

15

Nottinghamshire

2

8

6

8

12

8

South Wales

1

5

4

7

13

7

South Yorkshire

3

13

7

11

19

8

Staffordshire

5

10

8

2

3

3

Suffolk

2

10

14

5

7

8

Surrey

12

16

10

16

24

16

Sussex

19

32

12

6

13

6

Thames Valley

18

25

8

16

36

11

Warwickshire

1

3

5

1

5

7

West Mercia

4

10

9

3

9

6

West Midlands

24

49

11

30

57

12

West Yorkshire

0

19

7

7

14

4

Wiltshire

2

8

10

0

6

8

Total4

291

621

9

354

700

8

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 two to less than five years' service

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

Avon and Somerset

7

13

8

Bedfordshire

5

10

18

Cambridgeshire

1

5

6

Cheshire

5

9

8

Cleveland

1

7

9

Cumbria

1

3

6

Derbyshire

3

15

11

Devon and Cornwall

6

13

10

Dorset

4

8

7

Durham

5

8

13

Dyfed-Powys

2

2

4

Essex

0

11

4

Gloucestershire

1

6

8

Greater Manchester

25

69

14

Gwent

2

6

9

Hampshire

8

17

8

Hertfordshire

22

30

17

Humberside

3

7

6

Kent

12

26

11

Lancashire2

3

7

4

Leicestershire3

7

15

11

Lincolnshire

4

6

7

London, City of

8

10

15

Merseyside

3

11

4

Metropolitan Police

90

167

10

Norfolk

1

4

4

Northamptonshire

6

8

8

Northumbria

4

16

9

North Wales

6

11

13

North Yorkshire

2

10

10

Nottinghamshire

11

20

14

South Wales

1

16

8

South Yorkshire

19

26

13

Staffordshire

6

9

8

Suffolk

4

6

11

Surrey

22

37

19

Sussex

12

21

10

Thames Valley

25

38

13

Warwickshire

4

8

11

West Mercia

9

18

12

West Midlands

36

63

13

West Yorkshire

2

12

3

Wiltshire

1

10

16

Total4

389

792

10

(c) Officers leaving with 10 years' or more service

2002-03

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 two to less than five years' service

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

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

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

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

Avon and Somerset

13

133

65

7

83

58

Bedfordshire

17

56

61

20

56

54

Cambridgeshire

13

62

58

12

60

63

Cheshire

3

93

82

8

73

67

Cleveland

2

53

87

8

57

70

Cumbria

4

44

75

0

37

77

Derbyshire

2

90

82

1

62

72

Devon and Cornwall

5

114

74

6

99

77

Dorset

6

46

68

4

49

65

Durham

2

53

72

3

47

60

Dyfed-Powys

2

38

69

7

33

83

Essex

40

131

61

49

147

71

Gloucestershire

3

55

66

4

33

58

Greater Manchester

14

233

62

15

186

56

Gwent

2

44

72

6

60

82

Hampshire

16

157

70

14

132

57

Hertfordshire

47

113

59

33

88

56

Humberside

2

69

66

3

55

57

Kent

21

133

62

36

141

62

Lancashire2

0

86

68

Leicestershire3

15

76

60

12

56

65

Lincolnshire

1

49

67

2

41

67

London, City of

9

36

61

8

35

63

Merseyside

2

170

87

4

128

73

Metropolitan Police

185

968

56

156

834

53

Norfolk

2

69

75

2

38

75

Northamptonshire

4

36

64

5

40

55

Northumbria

6

119

73

13

127

70

North Wales

57

74

3

35

61

North Yorkshire

5

46

79

4

53

72

Nottinghamshire

102

74

6

89

72

South Wales

2

108

71

1

113

77

South Yorkshire

5

120

70

2

117

72

Staffordshire

9

94

72

3

75

73

Suffolk

9

57

67

6

46

61

Surrey

34

92

37

7

50

34

Sussex

42

154

63

37

152

52

Thames Valley

60

213

58

63

194

61

Warwickshire

4

34

59

3

40

71

West Mercia

6

89

77

11

81

66

West Midlands

73

292

55

45

281

62

West Yorkshire

13

199

77

12

177

71

Wiltshire

0

58

71

7

42

64

Total4

685

4,879

64

636

4,286

61

2004-052005-06

Police force area

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

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

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

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

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

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

Avon and Somerset

8

111

65

8

131

71

Bedfordshire

15

55

56

9

57

64

Cambridgeshire

11

63

61

8

65

59

Cheshire

7

79

72

32

142

80

Cleveland

1

46

57

10

71

67

Cumbria

1

31

69

15

56

78

Derbyshire

4

83

76

16

121

87

Devon and Cornwall

5

136

76

28

151

76

Dorset

1

51

65

4

74

71

Durham

1

49

60

17

71

69

Dyfed-Powys

0

41

67

11

59

79

Essex

21

144

65

53

172

66

Gloucestershire

5

41

71

13

73

78

Greater Manchester

16

224

63

16

330

67

Gwent

1

51

70

1

46

58

Hampshire

18

171

64

41

222

76

Hertfordshire

20

79

50

23

92

54

Humberside

5

77

68

17

101

65

Kent

22

146

68

56

197

73

Lancashire2

6

125

75

50

181

86

Leicestershire3

16

106

67

Lincolnshire

0

57

71

8

65

68

London, City of

9

35

59

17

60

76

Merseyside

13

179

79

4

239

84

Metropolitan Police

111

886

64

288

1,155

72

Norfolk

5

67

84

11

70

77

Northamptonshire

8

62

68

11

67

74

Northumbria

8

122

76

38

160

79

North Wales

0

36

67

10

80

81

North Yorkshire

1

56

63

4

76

75

Nottinghamshire

4

101

70

25

128

80

South Wales

2

108

83

25

143

78

South Yorkshire

11

121

69

43

185

77

Staffordshire

6

75

60

10

92

81

Suffolk

4

37

50

12

66

73

Surrey

18

70

44

11

78

52

Sussex

21

138

53

23

135

61

Thames Valley

27

174

56

14

190

58

Warwickshire

9

55

86

16

58

79

West Mercia

12

81

70

28

127

82

West Midlands

29

266

60

38

301

62

West Yorkshire

13

184

69

50

267

73

Wiltshire

4

52

66

7

49

67

Total4

477

4,640

65

1,071

6,022

71

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 two to less than five years' service

Percentage of police officers leaving with two to less than five years' service

Avon and Somerset

9

110

68

Bedfordshire

8

22

39

Cambridgeshire

11

63

70

Cheshire

5

78

68

Cleveland

7

46

60

Cumbria

0

31

62

Derbyshire

2

106

76

Devon and Cornwall

9

91

69

Dorset

1

81

73

Durham

3

40

63

Dyfed-Powys

2

37

77

Essex

0

210

74

Gloucestershire

1

57

75

Greater Manchester

30

328

67

Gwent

2

39

60

Hampshire

13

154

73

Hertfordshire

22

76

42

Humberside

5

81

67

Kent

14

162

71

Lancashire2

10

134

76

Leicestershire3

16

99

71

Lincolnshire

6

58

72

London, City of

10

47

70

Merseyside

3

199

76

Metropolitan Police

95

1,226

72

Norfolk

9

77

77

Northamptonshire

19

70

67

Northumbria

3

141

76

North Wales

2

55

63

North Yorkshire

3

61

59

Nottinghamshire

6

106

72

South Wales

1

155

82

South Yorkshire

9

127

65

Staffordshire

8

80

68

Suffolk

3

36

67

Surrey

23

70

37

Sussex

20

128

59

Thames Valley

16

150

51

Warwickshire

1

49

65

West Mercia

13

99

68

West Midlands

23

325

65

West Yorkshire

15

253

73

Wiltshire

2

40

65

Total4

434

5,364

68

1 Leaving figures include police officers leaving the force within the designated range of 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 were not available in 2002-03.

3 Data for Leicestershire were 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.