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Police: Manpower

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each police force in each of the last 10 years; and how many police officers there were per 1,000 population in each police force area in each year. (223630)

[holding answer 15 September 2008]: The information requested is published in the annual Home Office Statistical Bulletin series “Police Service Strength, England and Wales”, copies of which are available online and in the Library of the House.

The latest bulletin contains data correct as at 31 March 2008, and can be downloaded from:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/hosb0808.pdf

Table 4 shows police officer strength by force and the number of police officers per 100,000 population.