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Reoffenders

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persistent and prolific offenders were identified in each police force area in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (290973)

[holding answer 14 September 2009]: Data from the performance management arrangements for the Prolific and other Priority Offender Programme provide the number of such offenders identified through partnership arrangements in each police force area. The data are provided in the table. The data cover the financial year 2007-08 from April 2007 up to March 2008, and the financial year 2008-09 from April 2008 up to March 2009. They are the most recent data available. These figures rely on the accuracy and completeness of the data provided locally by Prolific and other Priority Offender schemes.

Number of Prolific and other Priority Offenders by police force area, 2007-08 and 2008-09

Police force area

1 April 2007-31 March 2008

1 April 2008-31 March 2009

Avon and Somerset

303

347

Bedfordshire

168

140

Cambridgeshire

209

206

Cheshire

248

240

City of London

20

18

Cleveland

204

211

Cumbria

102

111

Derbyshire

447

426

Devon and Cornwall

474

409

Dorset

107

102

Durham

116

123

Dyfed Powys

100

109

Essex

292

326

Gloucestershire

137

147

Greater Manchester

1,491

1,500

Gwent

110

110

Hampshire

425

407

Hertfordshire

239

226

Humberside

295

336

Kent

561

371

Lancashire

498

567

Leicestershire

562

447

Lincolnshire

175

125

Merseyside

583

503

Metropolitan Police

1,525

1,408

Norfolk

157

138

North Wales

148

156

North Yorkshire

143

135

Northamptonshire

337

303

Northumbria

342

308

Nottinghamshire

874

788

South Wales

298

396

South Yorkshire

335

358

Staffordshire

364

314

Suffolk

190

174

Surrey

247

215

Sussex

528

499

Thames Valley

467

423

Warwickshire

132

142

West Mercia

159

161

West Midlands

1,043

986

West Yorkshire

652

631

Wiltshire

97

84