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North Wales Police: Manpower

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed by North Wales Police on 1st April in each of the last 10 years. (203534)

[holding answer 7 May 2008]: The data requested are published annually in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin series “Police Service Strength, England and Wales” and are given in the following table.

Police officer strength1 (FTE)2 for North Wales police as at 31 March 1997 to 2007

As at 31 March

Police force

1997

1,369

1998

1,396

1999

1,391

2000

1,403

2001

1,444

2002

1,506

20033

1,539

20043

1,603

20053

1,652

20063

1,617

20073

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.