Police numbers question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each year since 1997; and how many police community support officers there were in each year since 2002.

Nick Herbert (Minister of State, Justice; Arundel and South Downs, Conservative)

The available data can be found in the 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:


6 September 2010

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