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Crime: Cambridgeshire

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 607W, on crime: Cambridgeshire, how many (a) police officers and (b) police officers per 1,000 of the population there were in each of the areas listed in each year since 1997; and what percentage of time was spent by police officers on (i) frontline policing and (ii) patrolling in each of the areas in each of those years. (196646)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) The available data are given in Table 1.

(b) The available data are given in Table 2.

(i) The information requested has only been collected since 2003-04, and the available data are given in Table 3.

(ii) The information requested for the time spent by each force on patrol is not available as these data are collected by forces for internal management purposes only.

Table 1: Police Officer Strength1 (FTE)2 by Police Force 1997 to 2007, as at 31 March each year

Police Force

19973

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

20033

20043

20053

20063

20073

Cambridgeshire

1,302

1,291

1,274

1,237

1,296

1,362

1,384

1,400

1,402

1,430

1,381

Cumbria

1,144

1,164

1,126

1,084

1,048

1,100

1,140

1,222

1,232

1,230

1,244

Devon and Cornwall

2,865

2,962

2,887

2,841

2,934

3,053

3,202

3,283

3,369

3,493

3,476

Durham

1,461

1,515

1,568

1,558

1,595

1,614

1,651

1,685

1,718

1,699

1,683

Gloucestershire

1,133

1,104

1,104

1,114

1,173

1,183

1,227

1,284

1,291

1,289

1,303

Lincolnshire

1,196

1,191

1,140

1,115

1,202

1,198

1,221

1,228

1,221

1,213

1,221

Norfolk

1,432

1,430

1,381

1,381

1,420

1,468

1,499

1,510

1,544

1,557

1,565

North Yorkshire

1,338

1,367

1,337

1,283

1,305

1,417

1,444

1,529

1,543

1,636

1,654

West Mercia

2,040

2,010

2,025

1,887

1,951

2,018

2,256

2,355

2,367

2,351

2,400

Wiltshire

1,154

1,156

1,151

1,118

1,120

1,157

1,158

1,217

1,222

1,219

1,204

Dyfed-Powys

1,005

1,002

1,026

1,040

1,055

1,132

1,149

1,160

1,174

1,182

1,177

North Wales

1,369

1,396

1,391

1,403

1,444

1,506

1,539

1,603

1,652

1,617

1,591

1 This table contains 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 Full-time equivalent excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave 3 Comparable strength (excludes those on career breaks, or maternity/paternity leave). The Police Numbers Task Force (2001) recommended that a clear presentation was made of the numbers of staff employed by police forces including those seconded into the force and those on any type of long or short term absence. These new calculations were first used in 2003, and are not comparable with data prior to March 2003. The data from 2003 onwards used here are termed comparable because they have been calculated on the old basis to allow comparison.

Table 2: Police Officers1 (FTE)2 per 100,000 of the population for by police force, as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2007

19973

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

20033

20043

20053

20063

20073

Cambridgeshire

188

184

179

172

179

187

196

197

196

196

187

Cumbria

233

237

229

220

213

224

237

254

256

256

255

Devon and Cornwall

186

192

186

182

187

192

204

208

219

219

216

Durham

240

249

258

256

263

266

281

288

288

288

285

Gloucestershire

205

198

197

200

209

209

219

229

228

228

229

Lincolnshire

196

193

184

179

191

189

191

189

183

183

183

Norfolk

185

184

176

175

178

183

189

190

193

193

191

North Yorkshire

183

186

181

173

175

188

193

203

216

216

217

West Mercia

183

180

180

166

171

176

196

202

202

202

205

Wiltshire

195

195

192

185

184

189

190

198

196

196

192

Dyfed-Powys

212

210

215

217

219

234

237

236

237

237

236

North Wales

208

213

212

213

220

228

234

243

242

242

238

1. 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. 2. Figures up to 31 March 2002 exclude staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. The figures for 31 March 2003 onwards figures include those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

Table 3: Percentage of police officer time spent on frontline policing duties, from 2003-04 to 2006-071

Police Force

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Cambridgeshire

61.1

60.3

70.7

63.0

Cumbria

59.9

61.0

59.1

61.9

Devon and Cornwall

67.1

64.0

63.1

60.8

Durham

60.7

59.0

59.5

57.8

Gloucestershire

64.6

68.1

66.5

67.8

Lincolnshire

55.3

64.4

66.5

63.8

Norfolk

61.0

62.9

66.8

65.9

North Yorkshire

63.0

64.1

66.7

61.1

West Mercia

63.6

62.8

64.5

64.3

Wiltshire

62.3

63.3

63.8

66.7

Dyfed-Powys

65.1

64.1

63.3

62.2

North Wales

63.9

63.4

61.4

63.9

1 Data are available from 2003-04 onwards only.