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Police: Recruitment

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many job applications were received by each police force in each year since 1997; and how many people each recruited in each year; (198578)

(2) how many (a) applications to join and (b) recruits there were for each police force in each year since 1997.

The information is as follows:

(a) The requested data on applications have been collected since 2002-03 and where available are given in Table 1. The data provided here are management information and as such it is important to note that they are provisional and have not been subjected to the usual quality assurance practices.

(b) The requested data on recruits have been collected since 2002-03 and are given in Table 2.

Table 1: Number1 of formal application forms2 received by police forces from 2002-03 to 20O6-07

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

916

446

n/a

2121

2,062

Bedfordshire

1,940

n/a

635

n/a

n/a

Cambridgeshire

1,511

n/a

n/a

783

n/a

Cheshire

4,532

n/a

779

n/a

1,666

Cleveland

1,464

n/a

113

n/a

n/a

Cumbria

1,085

767

105

226

243

Derbyshire

2,884

753

113

n/a

n/a

Devon and Cornwall

3,614

1,203

1,366

1,397

n/a

Dorset

1,224

n/a

n/a

n/a

358

Durham

1,343

n/a

n/a

2,019

n/a

Dyfed-Powys

859

366

n/a

897

n/a

Essex

2,282

2,127

571

925

n/a

Gloucestershire

1,062

245

795

963

n/a

Greater Manchester

n/a

3,642

200

n/a

n/a

Gwent

1,493

1,005

n/a

918

931

Hampshire

5,820

1,349

n/a

1,949

1,766

Hertfordshire

1,992

1,224

333

1,103

679

Humberside

1,349

1,519

n/a

996

n/a

Kent

3,027

n/a

1,401

1,347

n/a

Lancashire

n/a

1,961

984

2,742

n/a

Leicestershire

1,421

1,249

n/a

295

n/a

Lincolnshire

1,289

n/a

284

333

n/a

London, City of

594

449

n/a

415

n/a

Merseyside

3,190

1,331

3,137

n/a

1,729

Metropolitan Police

n/a

4,065

1,160

3,444

1,460

Norfolk

1,206

n/a

674

854

n/a

Northamptonshire

283

384

451

522

273

Northumbria

3,349

1,074

1,941

1,301

n/a

North Wales

2,219

1,234

1,482

705

n/a

North Yorkshire

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Nottinghamshire

2,770

1,104

1,176

n/a

445

South Wales

724

2,204

n/a

1,814

1,102

South Yorkshire

1,300

1,235

807

366

721

Staffordshire

2,043

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Suffolk

1,352

890

442

1,115

n/a

Surrey

2,345

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Sussex

1,051

n/a

1,190

520

n/a

Thames Valley

3,907

2,077

n/a

n/a

n/a

Warwickshire

651

229

572

468

n/a

West Mercia

3,440

1,959

278

n/a

n/a

West Midlands

n/a

n/a

n/a

3,431

n/a

West Yorkshire

4,087

2,704

2,939

769

1,434

Wiltshire

1,183

432

499

n/a

n/a

1 Provisional management information data collected for planning purposes only. Data has not undergone usual quality assurance practices (including validation with individual police forces) and are therefore supplied for information purposes only.

2 Does not include informal expressions of interest. Some forces no longer send out and receive paper application packs and instead receive electronic applications via the www.policecouldyou.co.uk website. Where forces receive application packs from other means it is not always possible to separately identify the number of paper application packs received, and in such cases forces have been instructed to return a zero response.

n/a = not available. Force was not able to supply data at the time of collection.

Table 2: Police officer recruits1 (FTE)2 to police forces from 2002-03 to 2006-07

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

40

198

93

123

90

Bedfordshire

89

178

106

54

45

Cambridgeshire

76

107

99

104

34

Cheshire

141

153

105

121

107

Cleveland

129

138

83

114

79

Cumbria

63

113

51

55

58

Derbyshire

146

146

64

66

84

Devon and Cornwall

138

131

200

255

98

Dorset

72

86

76

102

64

Durham

21

104

79

71

42

Essex

40

225

276

224

306

Gloucestershire

53

98

60

70

81

Greater Manchester

113

978

233

277

362

Hampshire

267

282

204

244

249

Hertfordshire

202

279

155

173

185

Humberside

56

188

126

93

95

Kent

192

290

193

209

233

Lancashire

240

311

148

196

165

Leicestershire

116

245

123

96

85

Lincolnshire

64

44

59

54

66

London, City of

44

52

39

41

30

Merseyside

101

192

389

161

312

Metropolitan Police

2,434

2,971

1,886

1,050

1,249

Norfolk

71

56

77

55

49

Northamptonshire

45

99

109

115

68

Northumbria

151

197

159

122

87

North Yorkshire

99

82

71

110

85

Nottinghamshire

89

138

138

54

46

South Yorkshire

103

261

205

148

164

Staffordshire

27

123

108

81

95

Suffolk

81

113

37

45

77

Surrey

92

116

130

124

157

Sussex

139

320

229

236

167

Thames Valley

306

479

361

374

219

Warwickshire

57

51

59

69

66

West Mercia

235

88

90

88

110

West Midlands

478

408

476

442

445

West Yorkshire

277

337

566

176

271

Wiltshire

62

120

70

50

28

Dyfed-Powys

7

53

35

54

47

Gwent

45

78

102

80

69

North Wales

77

66

71

51

44

South Wales

180

173

118

122

118

1 Recruits included those officers joining as police standard Direct Recruits and those who were previously Special constables. This excludes police officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining.

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.