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Police: Retirement

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average retirement age for a police officer was in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what the average age was at which police officers retired on invalidity pensions in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997. (195701)

Retirement age cannot be separately identified from the data collected within the police personnel statistics series.

The available data are the age on leaving the service within the following time bands only: 25 and under, 26 to 40, 41 to 55 and over 55.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of retirements from each police force in England and Wales have been on medical grounds in each year since 1997. (195702)

The numbers of police officer medical retirements have been published each year by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in their annual report. HMIC have advised that these data will no longer be published in their annual report and that the data for 2004-05 would be the last series of data to be published.

The format of the published data was changed from 2001-02, and the available data are given in the following tables.

Police officer medical retirements as a percentage of all retirements1 (FTE)2 by force from 1996-97 to 2000-013

Percentage

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

Avon and Somerset

39.8

53.7

30.0

38.5

38.5

Bedfordshire

39.5

50.0

55.1

46.2

58.1

Cambridgeshire

40.0

25.0

37.0

26.3

25.6

Cheshire

38.0

25.9

36.1

25.8

35.5

City of London

26.9

15.8

20.7

37.9

33.0

Cleveland

57.9

32.0

26.9

26.3

21.4

Cumbria

39.1

44.4

50.0

40.0

45.3

Derbyshire

58.2

65.4

42.0

33.3

30.8

Devon and Cornwall

18.4

20.0

20.8

17.9

13.6

Dorset

21.6

20.0

35.6

20.4

22.2

Durham

53.5

34.7

45.5

25.0

22.9

Dyfed-Powys

48.0

45.8

40.0

38.7

35.9

Essex

32.2

24.8

34.7

41.1

34.0

Gloucestershire

24.4

16.1

26.9

22.2

20.0

Greater Manchester

64.9

60.9

63.5

56.2

46.3

Gwent

56.0

46.9

38.2

50.0

37.2

Hampshire

21.0

30.0

28.0

15.5

15.2

Hertfordshire

18.5

32.7

17.8

14.9

24.5

Humberside

36.5

33.8

23.4

14.9

22.7

Kent

16.5

20.0

16.7

17.7

28.2

Lancashire

41.4

24.6

24.0

21.5

28.6

Leicestershire

55.8

42.4

51.1

47.8

48.8

Lincolnshire

23.4

48.3

40.8

23.8

8.9

Merseyside

77.0

53.0

36.5

38.8

37.3

Metropolitan Police

50.6

39.5

46.4

34.5

33.3

Norfolk

23.4

21.5

27.7

26.7

20.4

Northamptonshire

58.3

40.9

51.5

19.2

24.2

Northumbria

62.5

62.9

47.3

42.2

31.1

North Wales

55.0

27.5

40.8

38.5

49.2

North Yorkshire

76.5

48.9

62.1

49.0

57.8

Nottinghamshire

50.8

42.6

59.3

31.8

21.3

South Wales

36.1

49.3

46.0

49.1

62.8

South Yorkshire

44.6

31.2

21.8

24.0

28.8

Staffordshire

55.3

49.6

28.6

5.7

17.6

Suffolk

39.3

39.2

65.9

40.5

26.9

Surrey

41.4

13.7

18.4

25.9

34.6

Sussex

29.0

18.3

16.4

15.0

15.2

Thames Valley

44.0

32.5

43.0

17.3

21.9

Warwickshire

38.5

33.3

55.8

34.6

37.5

West Mercia

47.6

37.5

35.8

33.8

35.9

West Midlands

37.5

29.2

18.2

15.5

17.0

West Yorkshire

35.4

25.0

34.8

29.4

27.5

Wiltshire

16.4

19.2

25.0

17.0

15.2

1 Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC.

2 This table is 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 totals and the sums of the constituent items.

3 Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.

Police officer number of medical retirements per 1,000 officers1 (FTE)2 by force from 2000-01 to 2000-013

Number

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

Avon and Somerset

14

14

11

3

5

Bedfordshire

17

8

6

1

2

Cambridgeshire

9

7

6

3

1

Cheshire

11

11

12

7

5

City of London

13

10

5

9

5

Cleveland

6

14

7

6

7

Cumbria

23

6

6

3

2

Derbyshire

7

5

6

1

4

Devon and Cornwall

5

6

3

2

3

Dorset

9

7

2

6

3

Durham

5

9

7

4

4

Dyfed-Powys

13

12

10

6

8

Essex

12

11

7

5

4

Gloucestershire

6

9

11

4

2

Greater Manchester

16

8

5

1

2

Gwent

13

18

16

6

9

Hampshire

5

5

3

3

2

Hertfordshire

7

4

3

1

0

Humberside

11

5

5

1

4

Kent

9

11

6

2

2

Lancashire

9

12

6

4

3

Leicestershire

14

3

4

3

3

Lincolnshire

3

3

8

2

6

Merseyside

12

14

12

6

6

Metropolitan Police

9

8

5

2

2

Norfolk

7

11

9

4

6

Northamptonshire

7

5

3

2

2

Northumbria

7

8

5

2

1

North Wales

22

13

9

4

4

North Yorkshire

28

11

6

5

5

Nottinghamshire

7

6

7

5

6

South Wales

24

16

10

4

2

South Yorkshire

9

9

5

4

1

Staffordshire

4

11

10

6

6

Suffolk

12

11

10

6

2

Surrey

9

12

6

5

3

Sussex

6

6

3

1

4

Thames Valley

5

4

7

4

2

Warwickshire

16

7

8

4

3

West Mercia

14

14

9

5

4

West Midlands

4

4

3

2

1

West Yorkshire

9

13

5

2

1

Wiltshire

5

3

13

2

5

1 Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC.

2 This table is 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 totals and the sums of the constituent items.

3 Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.