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Community Support Officers: Manpower

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been employed in each police force area in each year since their introduction. (227282)

The available data are given in the following table:

Police community support officer strength1 (FTE)2 by police force, as at 31 March 2003 to 31 March 20083

31 March each year

Police force

2003

2004

20054

20064

20074

20084

Avon and Somerset

0

45

139

130

302

377

Bedfordshire

0

12

40

41

83

120

Cambridgeshire

6

57

86

101

184

197

Cheshire

2

50

52

75

176

231

Cleveland

37

77

75

100

114

170

Cumbria

0

0

17

17

85

99

Derbyshire

0

0

43

42

181

166

Devon and Cornwall

19

51

74

74

317

354

Dorset

6

8

47

61

122

151

Durham

10

28

69

67

142

162

Essex

10

86

179

192

388

436

Gloucestershire

0

54

72

72

169

162

Greater Manchester

160

173

269

251

763

773

Hampshire

0

0

26

30

296

324

Hertfordshire

14

46

98

139

223

246

Humberside

0

0

20

20

194

318

Kent

0

59

105

97

203

377

Lancashire

77

110

161

184

374

400

Leicestershire

28

41

103

136

216

212

Lincolnshire

29

38

75

78

147

165

London, City of

0

0

14

11

36

46

Merseyside

40

72

170

196

332

407

Metropolitan Police

513

1,463

2,147

2,315

3,694

4,247

Norfolk

12

33

68

65

176

274

Northamptonshire

12

10

37

40

129

159

Northumbria

0

51

126

129

248

254

North Yorkshire

0

52

75

71

147

180

Nottinghamshire

10

56

108

112

217

259

South Yorkshire

14

59

124

121

302

334

Staffordshire

0

7

63

70

203

209

Suffolk

0

15

34

30

123

140

Surrey

21

56

115

126

203

211

Sussex

22

83

228

257

352

372

Thames Valley

0

7

98

130

213

521

Warwickshire

11

25

56

64

127

133

West Mercia

8

57

81

85

217

272

West Midlands

0

39

219

252

644

748

West Yorkshire

70

265

394

462

690

757

Wiltshire

15

23

41

57

121

147

Dyfed-Powys

0

5

25

26

77

73

Gwent

30

45

77

76

105

139

North Wales

0

0

59

58

145

159

South Wales

0

59

107

111

314

327

Total England and Wales

1,176

3,418

6,214

6,769

13,497

15,805

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 includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. 3 Police community support officers were introduced in statute in 2002, therefore data are not available prior to 2002-03. 4 Strength figures as at 31 March 2005 onwards include those staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. Therefore these figures are not comparable with those provided for other years in the table.