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Metropolitan Police: Recruitment

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were recruited to the Metropolitan Police in each year since 1997; and what proportion of them were recruited directly from other police forces in each of those years. (195616)

The available data for the numbers of police officer standard direct recruits and police officer transfers to the Metropolitan Police, have been collected centrally from 2002-03 onwards and are given in the following table.

Police officer standard direct recruits and transfers (FTE)1 for Metropolitan Police from 2002-03 to 2006-07

Police standard direct recruits

Police transfers2

2002-033

2,434

407

2003-04

2,971

319

2004-05

1,886

351

2005-06

1,050

182

2006-07

1,216

478

1 Full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.

2 Between 2002-03 and 2006-07 1,594 police officers transferred to other forces from the Metropolitan Police.

3 Excludes Quarter 1, data are not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers were recruited into the Metropolitan Police from the London Borough of Enfield in each of the last 10 years. (196844)

The information requested is collected at the police force level only.

The deployment of police officers within the force is an operational matter for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Metropolitan Police Authority.