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House of Commons Hansard
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01 March 2010
Volume 506
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persistent and prolific offenders have been identified in (a) total and (b) each police force area in each of the last five years. [317767]

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The information requested is set out in the table. This shows the total number of offenders, by police force area, who were classified as prolific and other priority offenders in each of the years since the prolific and other priority offender programme was launched in September 2004. The table shows the total number of offenders who had been classified during each full 12-month period. Some offenders would have been classified as prolific and other priority offenders during the course of the years shown, and others de-classified during the years shown, in accordance with local selection and de-selection criteria. At any given time, the total number of offenders classified as prolific and other priority offenders across England and Wales is between 10,000 and 11,000 offenders.

The published evaluation of the prolific and other priority offender programme in 2004 showed that the offenders first taken on to the programme in September and October 2004 reduced their convictions by 62 per cent. over their first 17 months on the programme.

Table: Number of prolific and other priority offenders 2005-06 to 2008-09

Police force area

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Avon and Somerset

321

288

303

347

Bedfordshire

141

170

168

140

Cambridgeshire

120

115

209

206

Cheshire

267

232

248

240

City of London

11

14

20

18

Cleveland

190

195

204

211

Cumbria

88

102

102

111

Derbyshire

641

468

447

426

Devon and Cornwall

580

543

474

409

Dorset

309

93

107

102

Durham

91

82

116

123

Dyfed Powys

134

110

100

109

Essex

298

350

292

326

Gloucestershire

114

133

137

147

Greater Manchester

1,501

1,267

1,491

1,500

Gwent

136

115

110

110

Hampshire

318

362

425

407

Hertfordshire

347

264

239

226

Humberside

254

281

295

336

Kent

779

666

561

371

Lancashire

615

499

498

567

Leicestershire

616

499

562

447

Lincolnshire

221

321

175

125

Merseyside

648

583

583

503

Metropolitan police

1,542

1,487

1,525

1,408

Norfolk

170

199

157

138

North Wales

247

120

148

156

North Yorkshire

129

112

143

135

Northamptonshire

266

245

337

303

Northumbria

311

276

342

308

Nottinghamshire

750

815

874

788

South Wales

277

253

298

396

South Yorkshire

625

319

335

358

Staffordshire

258

341

364

314

Suffolk

214

209

190

174

Surrey

553

293

247

215

Sussex

542

528

528

499

Thames Valley

507

509

467

423

Warwickshire

108

119

132

142

West Mercia

204

165

159

161

West Midlands

1,036

991

1,043

986

West Yorkshire

434

390

652

631

Wiltshire

94

98

97

84

Total number of PPOs

17,007

15,221

15,904

15,126