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Police: Chelmsford

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers, (b) police constables, (c) police sergeants and (d) police community support offices were working in West Chelmsford constituency in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008 to date. (244181)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: Police strength data are not collected by parliamentary constituency areas. Data are collected at the Basic Command Unit (BCU) level and at the force level. These data are published annually in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin "Police Service Strength, England and Wales", copies of which are available online and in the Library of the House.

Data for the Central BCU of Essex police are not collected by police rank and so data for all officers and for PCSOs are given in Table 1.

Data for Essex police for the police ranks requested and for PCSOs are given in Table 2.

Table 1: Police officer and PCSO strength for the Basic Command Unit of Essex Central as at 31 March in the years given1

2007

2008

Police officers (all ranks)

506

517

Police community support officers

86

100

Table 2: Police officer strength and PCSO strength for Essex police force as at 31 March in the years given1

2007

2008

Police officers (all ranks)

3,341

3,385

Police constables

2,618

2,663

Police sergeants

505

499

Police community support officers

388

435

1 These figures are based on full-time equivalents that have been rounded to the nearest whole number, due to rounding there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of constituent items. Figures include those officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.