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Police: Resignations

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers resigned from police forces in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (185627)

[holding answer 18 February 2008]: The available data are given in the following table.

Officer resignations have remained stable in the last four years (2003-04 to 2006-07) and the figures represent 1.5 per cent. 1.4 per cent. 1.5 per cent. and 1.5 per cent. of total officer strength respectively in each year.

Police officer resignations1 by police force area (FTE)2 from 2002-03 to 2006-073, 4

2002-035

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

11

52

40

77

35

Bedfordshire

22

39

35

24

23

Cambridgeshire

22

23

34

26

28

Cheshire

10

21

26

37

24

Cleveland

2

23

20

24

25

Cumbria

9

11

15

11

17

Derbyshire

14

21

20

20

41

Devon and Cornwall

22

13

31

44

34

Dorset

11

18

20

22

19

Durham

4

19

19

15

16

Dyfed-Powys

5

9

17

12

8

Essex

12

36

66

79

81

Gloucestershire

10

16

16

19

20

Greater Manchester

43

126

128

186

159

Gwent

1

15

17

20

16

Hampshire

35

68

47

64

49

Hertfordshire

28

56

54

55

63

Humberside

20

29

36

31

34

Kent

37

72

60

66

49

Lancashire

17

28

42

26

32

Leicestershire

20

35

36

45

27

Lincolnshire

10

16

19

20

16

London, City of

19

12

11

11

11

Merseyside

22

34

38

83

61

Metropolitan Police

453

552

422

337

531

Norfolk

9

10

13

22

24

Northamptonshire

9

26

30

24

19

Northumbria

35

29

34

38

49

North Wales

7

22

17

27

22

North Yorkshire

11

15

18

17

32

Nottinghamshire

12

13

25

14

28

South Wales

20

21

18

29

39

South Yorkshire

36

46

57

40

38

Staffordshire

7

27

43

24

22

Suffolk

14

28

26

14

12

Surrey

27

34

32

37

46

Sussex

35

124

113

82

76

Thames Valley

64

71

100

131

86

Warwickshire

14

19

15

12

18

West Mercia

18

27

21

19

38

West Midlands

89

107

119

137

105

West Yorkshire

34

46

72

89

65

Wiltshire

18

18

24

26

16

Total

51,316

2,026

2,042

2,133

2,151

1 Resignations also include those officers who have rejoined the force as part of the 30+ scheme and subsequently leave the force.

2 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. Comparable data are not available prior to 2002-03.

4 Data have not previously been previously published in this format therefore totals may not match totals found in the published data.

5 Excludes quarter 1, data not available.