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Police: Manpower

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) the East of England and (d) England in (i) 1997, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007, (iv) 2008 and (v) 2009. (295411)

The available data are provided in the following table.

Data are not collected centrally at constituency level, but have been collected at basic command unit level from April 2002.

Police officer strength, by basic command unit, as at 31 March1

19972

20063

2007

2008

2009

BCU4

Bedfordshire County

n/a

272

503

458

455

Dunstable3

n/a

255

5

5

5

Luton

n/a

338

333

339

363

Central Services

n/a

359

368

410

426

Total Bedfordshire

1,094

1,225

1,204

1,207

1,244

East of England

9,727

11,043

11,083

11,028

11,309

England

118,459

133,925

134,265

134,355

136,403

n/a = Not available

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.

2 Police strength by police basic command unit was collected centrally for the first time for the period beginning April 2002 and is therefore not available for 1997.

3 Boundary changes for basic command units came into effect in April 2006, and as a result BCU breakdowns in 2006 differ from those in later years.

4 Data at basic command unit level have been provided, since data are not collected centrally at constituency level.

5 Not applicable