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Probation Officers: Essex

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) probation service officers and (b) probation officers there were in the Essex probation area in each of the last five years. (286535)

The number of probation service officers (PSOs) and probation officers (POs) in Essex probation area in each of the last five years is shown in the table.

Financial year

POs

PSOs

Total frontline

2004-05

78

168

246

2005-06

94

191

285

2006-07

90

183

273

2007-08

81

194

275

2008-09

68

205

273

The trend towards employing larger numbers of PSOs and fewer POs is one that has occurred in many counties and recognises that there are many tasks that can be undertaken by PSOs that historically were completed by POs. In Essex probation area this change was completed as part of a planned staff restructuring process and was undertaken following full consultation with the local trade unions.