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House of Commons Hansard
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29 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers there were in each year since 1997 and (b) police community support officers there were in each year since 2002 in Greater Manchester Police. [324875]

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The available data can be seen in the following tables.

The first police community support officers started work in September 2002, following legislation which was introduced as part of the Police Reform Act 2002. Therefore, data on police community support officers are not available prior to 31 March 2003.

This and other related data are published annually as part of the annual Police Service Strength Home Office Statistical Bulletin. The latest bulletin can be found at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/policeorg1.html

and bulletins for this and previous years are deposited in the Library of the House.

Police officer strength in Greater Manchester police force, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2009, and September 2009, full-time equivalent1

Number

1997

6,922

1998

6,949

1999

6,810

2000

6,795

2001

6,909

2002

7,217

20032

7,343

20042

8,042

20052

8,041

20062

7,959

20072

7,887

20082

7,931

20092

8,124

September 20092

8,148

1 This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. All officers less staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave (comparable with previously published figures). 2 Comparable strength (excludes those on career breaks, or maternity/paternity leave). The Police Numbers Task Force (2001) recommended that a clear presentation was made of the numbers of staff employed by police forces including those seconded into the force and those on any type of long or short term absence. These new calculations were first used in 2003, and are not comparable with data prior to March 2003. The data from 2003 onwards used here are termed comparable because they have been calculated on the old basis to allow comparison.

PCSO strength in Greater Manchester police force, as at 31 March, 2002 to 2009, full-time equivalent1

Number

2002

n/a

2003

160

2004

173

2005

269

2006

251

2007

763

2008

773

2009

782

September 2009

811

1 This table contains full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Notes: 1. Full-time equivalent include those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. 2. Police community support officers were introduced in statute in 2002, therefore data are not available prior to 2002-03.