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Police: Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were per notifiable offence in England in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. (200475)

The information requested is given in the following tables.

Table 1: Total offences per officer for 1997

Police force area

Number

Avon and Somerset

48

Bedfordshire

44

Cambridgeshire

47

Cheshire

30

Cleveland

43

Cumbria

31

Derbyshire

42

Devon and Cornwall

32

Dorset

34

Durham

32

Essex

31

Gloucestershire

43

Greater Manchester

44

Hampshire

36

Hertfordshire

29

Humberside

60

Kent

38

Lancashire

37

Leicestershire

41

Lincolnshire

36

London, City of

6

Merseyside

30

Metropolitan Police

30

Norfolk

37

Northamptonshire

46

Northumbria

37

North Yorkshire

37

Nottinghamshire

55

South Yorkshire

41

Staffordshire

39

Suffolk

30

Surrey

24

Sussex

37

Thames valley

42

Warwickshire

39

West Mercia

38

West Midlands

39

West Yorkshire

47

Wiltshire

29

England

37

Note:

Recorded crime statistics were collected on a calendar year basis up to 1997 and thereafter on a financial year basis. Therefore, these figures are not comparable with those for later years.

Table 2: Total offences per officer for 1998-99 to 2001-02

Police force area

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

Avon and Somerset

50

50

50

57

Bedfordshire

47

52

48

49

Cambridgeshire

53

56

50

51

Cheshire

31

32

32

34

Cleveland

47

46

46

49

Cumbria

36

35

31

34

Derbyshire

48

48

45

49

Devon and Cornwall

38

39

35

33

Dorset

41

40

37

40

Durham

32

31

28

32

Essex

33

37

37

38

Gloucestershire

44

46

43

43

Greater Manchester

53

55

53

53

Hampshire

37

40

39

39

Hertfordshire

29

30

33

37

Humberside

66

63

58

57

Kent

40

39

39

36

Lancashire

36

34

36

42

Leicestershire

47

47

43

42

Lincolnshire

41

41

37

42

London, City of

9

11

12

13

Merseyside

33

36

35

37

Metropolitan Police

36

41

40

40

Norfolk

41

43

40

40

Northamptonshire

58

55

49

50

Northumbria

39

38

35

35

North Yorkshire

41

42

40

42

Nottinghamshire

61

62

61

68

South Yorkshire

42

42

39

42

Staffordshire

41

46

49

55

Suffolk

34

38

39

42

Surrey

26

26

31

31

Sussex

46

48

48

47

Thames Valley

47

51

51

52

Warwickshire

42

43

40

44

West Mercia

40

45

40

51

West Midlands

43

51

49

48

West Yorkshire

55

54

54

61

Wiltshire

33

34

33

33

England

41

44

42

44

Notes:

1. The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1989-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for 1997 and earlier.

2. The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later.

Table 3: Total offences per officer for 2002-03 to 2006-07

Police force area

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

55

48

48

46

48

Bedfordshire

55

53

48

50

48

Cambridgeshire

61

57

53

47

50

Cheshire

40

42

41

44

41

Cleveland

47

44

41

43

40

Cumbria

33

32

35

35

31

Derbyshire

52

48

41

40

40

Devon and Cornwall

41

40

40

36

36

Dorset

44

44

40

40

37

Durham

31

29

27

31

32

Essex

46

47

42

40

39

Gloucestershire

45

45

41

41

40

Greater Manchester

52

46

40

41

42

Hampshire

42

48

46

47

48

Hertfordshire

44

46

46

45

42

Humberside

63

64

56

52

51

Kent

37

38

38

41

40

Lancashire

39

43

43

40

38

Leicestershire

45

42

42

41

42

Lincolnshire

51

49

48

47

45

London, City of

12

11

10

10

9

Merseyside

40

41

40

41

35

Metropolitan Police

39

36

33

32

30

Norfolk

48

46

43

42

40

Northamptonshire

61

63

58

52

52

Northumbria

42

39

35

33

33

North Yorkshire

47

47

40

36

33

Nottinghamshire

67

64

57

56

57

South Yorkshire

48

43

43

50

49

Staffordshire

49

48

44

46

46

Suffolk

40

41

40

41

38

Surrey

36

38

37

36

39

Sussex

44

44

46

44

43

Thames Valley

54

52

50

48

50

Warwickshire

44

45

43

42

43

West Mercia

47

45

40

36

34

West Midlands

45

43

36

36

34

West Yorkshire

64

62

47

46

44

Wiltshire

38

35

33

35

37

England

45

44

40

40

38

Note:

The data in this table take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording standard in April 2002. These figures are therefore not directly comparable with those for earlier years.