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Police: Manpower

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the ratio of police to members of the public was in each constituency in each year since 1997; (231493)

(2) how many police officers per 100,000 residents there were in each police authority in England in each year since 1997.

The available data are given in the following table. Police Personnel data are not collected by parliamentary constituency.

Police Officers1 (FTE)2 per 100,000 of the population for by police force, as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2008

Police force

19973

1998

1999

2000

20014

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Avon and Somerset

204

203

203

197

197

205

213

229

225

226

224

218

Bedfordshire

200

197

189

185

184

189

198

210

215

213

207

204

Cambridgeshire

188

184

179

172

179

187

196

197

194

196

187

183

Cheshire

209

208

211

204

204

209

217

224

223

223

225

218

Cleveland

261

266

255

252

253

263

294

314

305

308

315

303

Cumbria

233

237

229

220

213

224

237

254

257

256

255

251

Derbyshire

187

184

182

183

187

189

210

216

213

212

209

212

Devon and Cornwall

186

192

186

182

187

192

204

208

212

219

216

214

Dorset

189

192

186

189

196

198

205

209

211

216

217

216

Durham

240

249

258

256

263

266

281

288

293

288

285

272

Essex

197

193

190

183

178

181

186

192

198

203

203

203

Gloucestershire

205

198

197

200

209

209

219

229

230

228

229

234

Greater Manchester

268

270

265

264

268

279

298

323

321

318

314

315

Hampshire

198

199

197

193

193

195

208

211

212

211

215

214

Hertfordshire

205

202

198

201

184

174

191

204

206

208

210

204

Humberside

230

228

223

219

217

234

244

256

255

251

251

248

Kent

210

209

204

203

209

210

221

228

227

227

229

227

Lancashire

228

229

228

223

228

231

239

252

251

253

252

254

Leicestershire

211

214

215

215

218

224

232

246

246

241

237

233

Lincolnshire

196

193

184

179

191

189

191

189

185

183

183

175

London, City of5

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Merseyside

296

297

298

290

291

294

302

303

318

315

325

331

Metropolitan Police5

367

356

352

341

351

366

404

420

433

428

426

430

Norfolk

185

184

176

175

178

183

189

190

192

193

191

190

Northamptonshire

196

193

186

181

186

194

194

198

201

207

200

196

Northumbria

256

263

269

266

272

278

290

294

294

291

283

285

North Yorkshire

183

186

181

173

175

188

193

203

206

216

217

202

Nottinghamshire

225

225

216

214

214

226

239

245

245

243

235

224

South Yorkshire

242

244

243

243

245

246

252

261

260

259

256

248

Staffordshire

209

217

211

204

201

201

212

218

220

219

219

214

Suffolk

180

179

179

171

168

177

188

196

195

191

196

188

Surrey

209

207

212

227

192

184

182

183

184

184

183

179

Sussex

211

203

191

188

188

190

203

206

205

207

205

201

Thames Valley

180

183

180

178

175

177

186

195

198

202

199

194

Warwickshire

186

185

180

178

182

190

198

197

195

198

199

198

West Mercia

183

180

180

166

171

176

196

202

203

202

205

210

West Midlands

270

271

278

274

283

293

307

311

316

318

318

324

West Yorkshire

247

244

236

228

228

230

242

254

271

270

270

269

Wiltshire

195

195

192

185

184

189

190

198

198

196

192

190

Dyfed-Powys

212

210

215

217

219

234

237

236

237

237

236

237

Gwent

275

222

224

227

229

239

244

248

259

264

268

266

North Wales

208

213

212

213

220

228

234

243

250

242

238

234

South Wales

223

242

241

236

250

259

273

275

273

271

273

264

England and Wales

241

240

237

233

234

240

254

264

267

267

266

264

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 Boundary changes on 1 April 1996 transferred resources for the policing of the Rhymney Valley from South Wales Police to Gwent Police.

4 Boundary changes on 1 April 2000 transferred some resources from the Metropolitan Police to Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey police forces.

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