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Police: Essex

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) operational police officers per head of population there were in Essex Police on average in 2008 to date; what discussions she has had with the Chief Constable of Essex police force about this issue; and if she will make a statement. (244870)

The available data are given in the following table.

The deployment of police officers to operational and other duties is a matter for the Chief Constable.

Police officer strength for Essex police force, as at 31 March 2008 (FTE)1,2

Police force

Total officers per 100,000 population

Total operational officers per 100,000 population

Essex3

203

196

1 Full-time equivalent. This figure includes those on career breaks or the nearest whole number.

2 Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.

3 Functional group totals do not match published figures. Data quality may be an issue with this force.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers employed by Essex Police will be made (a) voluntarily and (b) compulsorily redundant in 2008-09; at what cost; and if she will make a statement. (244871)

Police officers cannot be made redundant as they hold the Office of Constable and are not employees of the police authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian staff of each age group and sex were employed by Essex Police and its predecessor bodies in (i) 1979, (ii) 1989, (iii) 1999 and (iv) each year since 2001. (244873)

The available data are given in the following tables.

Table 1: Police officer strength (FTE)1 for Essex police force as at 31 March

As at 31 March each year

Female officers

Male officers

1979

202

2,259

1989

250

2,496

1999

477

2,414

2001

468

2,419

2002

512

2,433

2003

590

2,417

2004

669

2,451

2005

728

2,502

2006

787

2,535

2007

860

2,480

2008

906

2,479

1 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 constituent items.

Table 2: Police staff strength (headcount) for Essex police force as at 31 March1

As at 31 March each year

Female staff

Male staff

1999

972

429

2001

1,064

510

2002

1,147

568

2003

1,219

625

2004

1,342

722

2005

1,416

750

2006

1,407

763

2007

1,346

773

2008

1,406

784

1 Data available from 1998 onwards.

Table 3: Provisional numbers of Essex police force officers by age band (headcount)1 as at 31 March2

As at 31 March each year

25 and under

26 to 40

41 to 55

Over 55

2003

353

1630

1046

11

2004

406

1696

1048

15

2005

460

1719

1080

19

2006

483

1766

1105

20

2007

517

1592

1267

21

2008

528

396

1290

32

1 Provisional data that have not been validated by force. Totals may not match those published elsewhere.

2 Data available from 2003 onwards.

Table 4: Provisional numbers of Essex police force staff by age band (headcount)1 as at 31 March2

As at 31 March each year

25 and under

26 to 40

41 to 55

Over 55

2003

203

614

722

307

2004

250

674

742

398

2005

235

678

768

485

2006

277

674

757

462

2007

235

606

785

509

2008

252

633

786

543

1 Provisional data that have not been validated by force. Totals may not match those published elsewhere.

2 Data available from 2003 onwards.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers of each rank have voluntarily ceased employment, other than through redundancy, in Essex Police since June 2007. (244875)

The available data are the number of full-time equivalent police officer voluntary resignations from Essex police force during 2007-08 (1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008). The data given have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

During this time no officers in any of the chief officer, chief superintendent, superintendent or chief inspector ranks resigned.

Two inspectors, 10 sergeants, and 61 constables resigned during this time.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average annual rate of sickness absence was in (a) Southend police and (b) Essex Police in each year since 2001; (244946)

(2) how many and what proportion of working days were lost due to (a) sickness and (b) stress, anxiety or depression in (i) Southend police and (ii) Essex police in each year since 2001.

The available data relating to police sickness absence are for the amount of police officer and police staff working time lost to sickness, and have been centrally collected from 2002-03 onwards only. The data are published annually on the Home Office website, located at:

http://www.police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performance-and-measurement/performance-assessment/

For 2002-03 and 2003-04, the data are given in the 2003-04 Police Performance Monitoring report, in the form of police officer days lost per person (headcount) per year. For 2004-05 onwards, the data are given in the annual Police Performance Assessment reports, in the form of average number of police officer hours lost per person (headcount) per year. For 2006-07 onwards, this headcount measure was changed to a full-time equivalent measure.

Links are provided for the following years, relating to Essex police. The required data can be found under the headings “resource use” or “resources and efficiency”:

2002-03 to 2003-04:

http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/performance-and-measurement/Essex.pdf

2004-05:

http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performanceandmeasurement/performanceassessment/assessments-2004-2005/essex?view=Indicator

2005-06:

http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performanceandmeasurement/performanceassessment/assessments-2005-2006/essex?view=Indicator

2006-07:

http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performanceandmeasurement/performanceassessment/assessments-2006-2007/essex?view=Indicator

2007-08:

http://police.homeoffice.gov.uk/performanceandmeasurement/performanceassessment/assessments-2007-2008/essex?view=Indicator#resources

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police officers in Essex Police of each sex took early retirement in each year since 2001; (244948)

(2) how many police officers who were facing disciplinary charges in Essex Police retired on grounds of ill health (a) before and (b) after disciplinary hearings were completed in each of the last five years.

Under the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 police officers can retire with an ordinary pension if they have at least 25 years’ service. The regulations do not provide for early retirement as such, except ill-health retirement on the ground of permanent disablement for the performance of the ordinary duties of a member of the force. The number of ill-health retirements from Essex police between 2000-01 and 2004-05 is given in the following table. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary no longer publish or collect data on numbers of ill-health retirements and figures after 2004-05 are not available.

Data on numbers of officers retiring on ill-health or other grounds in the period between having been informed that they are to appear before a disciplinary hearing and the completion of those proceedings are not held centrally.

Ill-health retirements, Essex police

Number

2000-01

34

2001-02

32

2002-03

21

2003-04

16

2004-05

13

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average response time to calls made to the police in (a) Essex and (b) Southend was in each year since 1997; what guidance her Department has given on average response times; what steps her Department takes to monitor police force response times; and if she will make a statement. (244950)

This information is not held centrally. This is a matter for the chief constable of Essex police.

Response times to calls, both emergency and non-emergency, is a fundamental part of the Policing Pledge introduced by the Home Secretary in the Policing Green Paper. By the end of the year all forces in England and Wales will aim to answer 999 calls within 10 seconds, deploying to emergencies immediately and giving an estimated time of arrival. All non-emergency calls should also be answered promptly and if attendance is needed an estimated time of arrival will be given.

The Policing Green Paper sets out the new relationship between the Government, police and public and the HMIC will validate the delivery of the Pledge, including response times, through their inspection process. Police authorities will also wish to be satisfied that the Pledge is being delivered for local people and the public can raise it locally with the police themselves or through their police authority if they feel that the standards within the Pledge are not being met.