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Police: Resignations

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police recruits left the police force within two years of joining since 1997, broken down by police force area; and what percentage of leavers that figure represented in each year. (241803)

The information requested is not collected centrally.

The numbers of officers voluntarily resigning or dismissed from each force with less than two years service are given in the following tables.

Number of police officers (FTE)1,2 dismissed or resigned within the first two years of service

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Avon and Somerset

39

32

30

15

8

18

Bedfordshire

17

21

30

16

11

15

Cambridgeshire

16

10

12

10

12

5

Cheshire

6

10

16

7

16

6

Cleveland

2

9

13

7

15

12

Cumbria

5

3

8

5

7

7

Derbyshire

7

13

5

4

9

17

Devon and Cornwall

20

10

18

23

20

7

Dorset

13

14

13

15

13

8

Durham

6

8

13

12

8

1

Dyfed-Powys

5

5

10

4

3

4

Essex

19

15

34

38

41

27

Gloucestershire

13

9

11

4

3

3

Greater Manchester

54

64

54

42

20

22

Gwent

2

3

4

10

8

5

Hampshire

26

45

34

32

22

16

Hertfordshire

30

40

37

29

28

24

Humberside

17

18

11

17

15

23

Kent

38

44

27

20

14

12

Lancashire

n/a

18

20

12

14

7

Leicestershire

8

16

n/a

19

6

10

Lincolnshire

10

7

11

11

3

4

London, City of

11

5

6

3

2

2

Merseyside

9

14

19

18

33

13

Metropolitan Police

392

383

207

95

76

44

Norfolk

12

6

7

11

12

5

Northamptonshire

8

6

5

10

10

14

Northumbria

20

20

19

13

13

8

North Wales

8

7

10

5

5

5

North Yorkshire

8

7

13

2

12

14

Nottinghamshire

8

8

11

3

6

4

South Wales

24

7

11

13

9

11

South Yorkshire

22

20

29

20

20

13

Staffordshire

12

12

28

12

12

7

Suffolk

11

19

13

10

3

5

Surrey

24

29

19

17

22

22

Sussex

44

86

81

48

37

25

Thames Valley

40

32

61

40

28

22

Warwickshire

12

7

3

5

6

13

West Mercia

11

21

9

9

8

13

West Midlands

84

7

68

54

44

45

West Yorkshire

29

31

37

61

33

30

Wiltshire

10

11

11

12

3

6

n/a = data not available

1 Full-time equivalent figures rounded to the nearest whole number. Provisional data that have not been verified by individual forces, based on published data taken from annual Police Service Strength bulletins.

2 Data collected from 2002-03 onwards.

Police officers (FTE)1,2 dismissed or resigned within the first two years of service as a percentage of all police officers dismissed or resigned

Percentage

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Avon and Somerset

62

55

56

29

21

35

Bedfordshire

53

54

77

62

37

44

Cambridgeshire

52

42

32

38

40

28

Cheshire

46

42

76

16

48

30

Cleveland

29

38

42

24

60

46

Cumbria

42

23

53

38

37

37

Derbyshire

29

48

25

17

20

36

Devon and Cornwall

54

37

47

56

48

17

Dorset

62

70

57

60

54

30

Durham

50

47

65

67

50

5

Dyfed-Powys

38

71

45

29

43

29

Essex

41

36

54

58

22

38

Gloucestershire

59

47

69

19

13

16

Greater Manchester

47

47

40

20

12

15

Gwent

17

21

21

43

47

17

Hampshire

53

60

54

50

39

29

Hertfordshire

58

67

64

48

42

43

Humberside

49

58

32

49

43

53

Kent

70

68

44

29

26

19

Lancashire

41

51

41

35

16

Leicestershire

30

44

41

20

16

Lincolnshire

67

41

65

55

17

25

London, City of

55

42

43

30

17

11

Merseyside

28

33

39

19

46

24

Metropolitan Police

62

65

44

25

18

11

Norfolk

67

46

47

44

52

29

Northamptonshire

67

21

17

40

45

50

Northumbria

50

33

45

35

24

15

North Wales

42

16

56

22

22

29

North Yorkshire

62

33

50

11

38

40

Nottinghamshire

17

50

39

20

21

17

South Wales

62

28

52

41

21

13

South Yorkshire

46

42

54

45

47

28

Staffordshire

36

36

60

60

39

21

Suffolk

55

63

45

56

20

22

Surrey

67

66

56

40

38

39

Sussex

56

65

69

53

45

31

Thames Valley

47

43

60

28

30

26

Warwickshire

63

33

17

36

35

59

West Mercia

50

54

38

28

20

35

West Midlands

60

4

49

37

32

37

West Yorkshire

51

41

49

62

47

31

Wiltshire

27

58

33

38

14

19

n/a = data not available

1 Full-time equivalent figures rounded to the nearest whole number. Provisional data that have not been verified by individual forces, based on published data taken from annual Police Service Strength bulletins.

2 Data collected from 2002-03 onwards.