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Police: Road Traffic Control

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average (a) number of police officers and (b) proportion of each police force employed in speed enforcement on roads was in each of the last five years. (198453)

While information is collected on the number of police officers primarily employed in the function ‘traffic’, it is not possible to show the number or proportion of police officers specifically employed in speed enforcement as this is only part of their duties.

The available data are for the number of full-time equivalent police officers primarily employed in the function ‘traffic’, and are given in the following table.

The deployment of police officers to speed enforcement activity is an operational matter for individual chief officers and police authorities.

Police officers (FTE)1 whose primary function is Traffic2 from 2002-03 to 2006-07

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-006

2006-007

Avon and Somerset

216

222

228

215

148

Bedfordshire

75

80

80

81

68

Cambridgeshire

85

99

101

99

96

Cheshire

194

200

194

85

91

Cleveland

64

73

61

72

Cumbria

107

110

108

111

114

Derbyshire

107

121

116

119

110

Devon and Cornwall

192

198

211

215

225

Dorset

91

86

82

81

80

Durham

111

119

108

105

100

Essex

241

242

243

243

231

Gloucestershire

62

66

67

73

67

Greater Manchester

406

392

359

342

352

Hampshire

248

246

244

240

237

Hertfordshire

150

151

149

149

145

Humberside

123

119

225

181

100

Kent

104

122

116

109

Lancashire

198

187

190

197

184

Leicestershire

92

95

85

77

72

Lincolnshire

90

89

96

102

100

London, City of

24

24

28

24

23

Merseyside

125

119

115

138

150

Metropolitan Police

583

592

1029

603

611

Norfolk

120

121

107

112

110

Northamptonshire

70

71

65

63

63

Northumbria

245

253

165

167

172

North Yorkshire

151

138

101

97

99

Nottinghamshire

121

133

134

139

South Yorkshire

180

127

134

141

143

Staffordshire

50

49

58

28

35

Suffolk

68

72

76

80

77

Surrey

108

110

107

99

87

Sussex

164

163

163

160

169

Thames Valley

259

259

245

236

237

Warwickshire

103

103

93

97

93

West Mercia

292

115

117

116

129

West Midlands

384

405

393

401

383

West Yorkshire

320

314

317

343

324

Wiltshire

91

96

93

89

Dyfed Powys

136

105

141

143

136

Gwent

93

95

96

102

95

North Wales

115

114

76

81

98

South Wales

243

245

243

243

252

1 This and other tables contain 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. Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The traffic function includes staff who are predominantly employed on motorcycles or in patrol vehicles for the policing of traffic and motorway related duties. The does not include officers employed in accident investigation, vehicle examination and radar duties.