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Community Support Officers: Manpower

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there were per head of population in each police authority area in England and Wales in the most recent period for which figures are available. (229733)

The available data are given in the table.

Number of Police Community Support Officers1 per 100,000 population as at 31 March 2008, by police force area

Police force

PCSOs per 100,000 population

Avon and Somerset

24

Bedfordshire

20

Cambridgeshire

26

Cheshire

23

Cleveland

30

Cumbria

20

Derbyshire

17

Devon and Cornwall

21

Dorset

22

Durham

27

Essex

26

Gloucestershire

28

Greater Manchester

30

Hampshire

18

Hertfordshire

23

Humberside

35

Kent

23

Lancashire

28

Leicestershire

22

Lincolnshire

24

London, City of2

Merseyside

30

Metropolitan Police2

57

Norfolk

33

Northamptonshire

24

Northumbria

18

North Yorkshire

23

Nottinghamshire

25

South Yorkshire

26

Staffordshire

20

Suffolk

20

Surrey

19

Sussex

24

Thames Valley

24

Warwickshire

25

West Mercia

23

West Midlands

29

West Yorkshire

35

Wiltshire

23

Dyfed Powys

14

Gwent

25

North Wales

24

South Wales

27

Total of 43 forces

29

1 Total Strength given as full-time equivalents. This and other tables contain 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 Officers per 100,000 population for City of London and Metropolitan Police are combined.