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Police: Manpower

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by North Wales police in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007, broken down by function. (203530)

[holding answer 6 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 Service strength (FTE)1 for North Wales police as at 31 March 2006 and 2007

31 March 2006

31 March 2007

Police officers

1,634

1,608

Police staff

882

759

Police community support officers

58

145

Designated officers

0

37

Traffic wardens

2

1

1 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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were per 100,000 population in each police force area in each of the last five years, ranked in order of highest to lowest ratio. (204644)

The available data are taken from the Home Office Statistical Bulletin series “Police Service Strength, England and Wales” and are given in the following table.

Police officers1 (FTE)2 per 100.000 of the population for by police force, as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 2007

Police force

31 March 2003

31 March 2004

31 March 2005

31 March 2006

31 March 2007

Metropolitan Police3

404

420

417

417

426

West Midlands

307

311

318

318

318

Greater Manchester

298

323

318

318

314

Merseyside

302

303

315

315

325

Cleveland

294

314

308

308

315

Northumbria

290

294

291

291

283

Durham

281

288

288

288

285

South Wales

273

275

271

271

273

West Yorkshire

242

254

270

270

270

Gwent

244

248

264

264

268

South Yorkshire

252

261

259

259

256

Cumbria

237

254

256

256

255

Humberside

244

256

251

251

251

Lancashire

239

252

253

253

252

Nottinghamshire

239

245

243

243

235

North Wales

234

243

242

242

238

Leicestershire

232

246

241

241

237

Dyfed-Powys

237

236

237

237

236

Gloucestershire

219

229

228

228

229

Kent

221

228

227

227

229

Avon and Somerset

213

229

226

226

224

Cheshire

217

224

223

223

225

Staffordshire

212

218

219

219

219

Devon and Cornwall

204

208

219

219

216

Dorset

205

209

216

216

217

Derbyshire

210

216

212

212

209

Hampshire

208

211

211

211

215

North Yorkshire

193

203

216

216

217

Bedfordshire

198

210

213

213

207

Sussex

203

206

207

207

205

Hertfordshire

191

204

208

208

210

West Mercia

196

202

202

202

205

Northamptonshire

194

198

207

207

200

Warwickshire

198

197

198

198

199

Essex

186

192

203

203

203

Thames Valley

186

195

202

202

199

Cambridgeshire

196

197

196

196

187

Wiltshire

190

198

196

196

192

Suffolk

188

196

191

191

196

Norfolk

189

190

193

193

191

Lincolnshire

191

189

183

183

183

Surrey

182

183

184

184

183

London, City of3

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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.

3. Officers per 100,000 population for City of London and Metropolitan Police are combined.