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Police: Telford

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many community support officers were deployed by West Mercia Police in its Telford division at the latest date for which a figure is available; (193907)

(2) how many full-time equivalent police officers were employed in the Telford division of West Mercia Constabulary in (a) January 1997 and (b) January 2008.

Police service strength data are collected by basic command unit (BCU). The available data relate to the Telford and the Wrekin BCU, have been collected annually since 2002-03 and are given in the following table.

Police strength (FTE)1 in Telford and the Wrekin basic command unit (West Mercia police) as at 31 March 20072

31 March 2007

Police officers2, 3

325

Police community support officers

41

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.

2 BCU data are collected annually as at the end of the financial year (31 March).

3 BCU data are not available prior to 2002-03. As at 31 March 1997 there were 2,040 police officers in West Mercia constabulary, increasing to 2,400 by 31 March 2007.