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Police: Recruitment

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) applicants and (b) recruits there were to each police force in 2007-08. (256696)

The information is as follows.

(a) The requested data are given in Table 1.

(b) The requested data are given in Table 2.

Table 1: Number1 of formal application forms2 received by police forces, 2007-08

Number

Avon and Somerset

n/a

Bedfordshire

456

Cambridgeshire

21

Cheshire

165

Cleveland

n/a

Cumbria

431

Derbyshire

1,310

Devon and Cornwall

463

Dorset

n/a

Durham

n/a

Dyfed-Powys

n/a

Essex

1,262

Gloucestershire

n/a

Greater Manchester

4,972

Gwent

1,031

Hampshire

1,968

Hertfordshire

659

Humberside

441

Kent

2,521

Lancashire

4,370

Leicestershire

435

Lincolnshire

1,020

London, City of

850

Merseyside

550

Metropolitan Police

5,498

Norfolk

n/a

Northamptonshire

749

Northumbria

2,590

North Wales

346

North Yorkshire

n/a

Nottinghamshire

279

South Wales

n/a

South Yorkshire

893

Staffordshire

n/a

Suffolk

n/a

Surrey

n/a

Sussex

936

Thames Valley

n/a

Warwickshire

n/a

West Mercia

1,005

West Midlands

3,451

West Yorkshire

2,149

Wiltshire

n/a

n/a = Data not available. Force was not able to supply data at the time of collection.

1 Provisional management information data collected for planning purposes only. Data have not undergone usual quality assurance practices (including validation with individual police forces) and are therefore supplied for information purposes only.

2 Does not include informal expressions of interest. Some forces no longer send out and receive paper application packs and instead receive electronic applications via the www.policecouldyou.co.uk website. Where forces receive application packs from other means it is not always possible to separately identify the number of paper application packs received, and in such cases forces have been instructed to return a zero response.

Table 2: Police officer recruits1 (FTE)2 to police forces, 2007-08

Number

Avon and Somerset

153

Bedfordshire

79

Cambridgeshire

66

Cheshire

30

Cleveland

43

Cumbria

41

Derbyshire

129

Devon and Cornwall

115

Dorset

40

Durham

21

Dyfed-Powys

48

Essex

238

Gloucestershire

76

Greater Manchester

426

Gwent

61

Hampshire

204

Hertfordshire

189

Humberside

95

Kent

149

Lancashire

182

Leicestershire

98

Lincolnshire

36

London, City of

20

Merseyside

200

Metropolitan Police

966

Norfolk

48

Northamptonshire

82

Northumbria

163

North Wales

45

North Yorkshire

0

Nottinghamshire

47

South Wales

54

South Yorkshire

92

Staffordshire

40

Suffolk

63

Surrey

121

Sussex

180

Thames Valley

245

Warwickshire

0

West Mercia

79

West Midlands

497

West Yorkshire

352

Wiltshire

47

1 Recruits included those officers joining as Police Standard Direct Recruits and those who were previously Special Constables. This excludes police officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining.

2 Full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number.