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Roads: Police

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many police officers were engaged in patrolling roads to enforce traffic rules in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region. (227105)

I have been asked to reply.

The available data are given in the table.

Table 1: Police officers FTE1 whose main function is ‘Traffic’ (1998-99 to 2007-08)2 by police force3

1998-994

1999-20004, 5

2000-014, 5

2001-024, 5

2002-036

2003-046

2004-056

2005-066

2006-076

2007-086

Avon and Somerset

207

200

211

214

216

222

228

215

148

160

Bedfordshire

79

73

69

69

75

80

80

81

68

65

Cambridgeshire

96

93

86

78

85

99

101

99

96

90

Cheshire

205

196

187

194

194

200

194

85

91

94

City of London

24

22

24

25

24

24

28

24

23

26

Cleveland

67

68

63

67

64

73

2

61

72

104

Cumbria

117

119

111

108

107

110

108

111

114

99

Derbyshire

147

139

136

140

107

121

116

119

110

109

Devon and Cornwall

212

215

202

187

192

198

211

215

225

232

Dorset

77

83

86

81

91

86

82

81

80

78

Durham

117

116

113

113

111

119

108

105

100

107

Dyfed-Powys

97

93

83

75

136

105

141

143

136

126

Essex

259

245

249

254

241

242

243

243

231

219

Gloucestershire

82

68

69

64

62

66

67

73

67

67

Greater Manchester

434

433

423

421

406

392

359

342

352

338

Gwent

88

90

89

87

93

95

96

102

95

57

Hampshire

278

251

240

240

248

246

244

240

237

214

Hertfordshire

158

155

168

149

150

151

149

149

145

152

Humberside

149

155

145

136

123

119

225

181

100

104

Kent7

119

103

104

104

104

122

116

109

122

Lancashire

225

220

217

220

198

187

190

197

184

180

Leicestershire7

86

87

95

92

95

85

77

72

74

Lincolnshire

95

93

88

98

90

89

96

102

100

92

Merseyside

200

185

130

126

125

119

115

138

150

152

Metropolitan Police7

782

824

686

583

592

1,029

603

611

612

Norfolk

107

109

113

114

120

121

107

112

110

118

North Wales

236

134

146

152

115

114

76

81

98

90

North Yorkshire

128

96

129

140

151

138

101

97

99

105

Northamptonshire

87

52

52

61

70

71

65

63

63

60

Northumbria

162

158

158

178

245

253

165

167

172

165

Nottinghamshire

182

167

175

111

26

121

133

134

139

144

South Wales

220

224

238

244

243

245

243

243

252

233

South Yorkshire

197

196

206

208

180

127

134

141

143

144

Staffordshire

208

188

35

34

50

49

58

28

35

34

Suffolk

74

70

63

68

68

72

76

80

77

81

Surrey

177

173

197

110

108

110

107

99

87

98

Sussex

197

191

190

174

164

163

163

160

169

160

Thames Valley

265

251

251

247

259

259

245

236

237

250

Warwickshire

106

102

96

95

103

103

93

97

93

93

West Mercia

238

278

322

325

292

115

117

116

129

128

West Midlands

405

394

380

385

384

405

393

401

383

352

West Yorkshire

331

323

326

336

320

314

317

343

324

283

Wiltshire

90

93

91

88

91

96

93

13

89

91

England and Wales

7,806

7,522

7,238

6,317

6,902

6,706

7,104

6,511

6,412

6,299

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 Data as at 31 March in each of the given years.

3 Variations in the proportion of police officers deployed to traffic duties to some extent reflects the presence of motorways and key A roads in certain force areas.

4 Data collected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) for the number of officers who are deployed to all traffic duties. It is not possible to segregate officers on speed enforcement duties from other officers deployed to traffic duties. The table therefore provides data for all officers deployed to traffic duties.

5 The basis on which HMIC classify police service staff changed in the year 1999-2000 so the figures for 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03 are not directly comparable with those for earlier years. Some officers counted as deployed to traffic duties in earlier years may, from 1999-2000 onward, have been recorded as deployed to duties relating to traffic wardens.

6 Data collected by Home Office and not by HMIC. 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. This does not include officers employed in accident investigation, vehicle examination and radar duties.

7 Data unavailable for in all given years.

Table 2: Police officers FTE whose main function is ‘Traffic’1 (1998-99 to 2007-08) by region2

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

North east

346

342

334

358

419

445

275

333

344

376

North west

1,180

1,153

1,068

1,068

1,030

1,008

966

873

890

862

Yorkshire and the Humber

804

770

807

821

775

698

776

762

666

636

East Midlands

596

537

545

410

385

497

495

494

483

477

West Midlands

957

962

833

839

829

672

661

642

640

606

Eastern

773

745

747

731

739

765

756

763

726

725

London

806

846

710

25

607

616

1,057

627

634

638

South east

1,035

969

981

874

882

778

881

852

839

844

South west

667

659

658

633

650

668

681

596

610

628

Wales

641

541

556

558

587

559

556

569

580

506

England and Wales

7,806

7,522

7,238

6,317

6,902

6,706

7,104

6,511

6,412

6,299

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 All data compiled from table 1.