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The Number of New Police Officers Joining and Leaving the Force

Question

1. In the last four financial years, (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 so far) how many new police officers have joined your police force? This relates to the date their contract started with your force – including the start of any training period. I.e. not necessarily the date whereby they became fully qualified officers on the beat.

2. How many of these new officers have now left the force? Please break down by the year they joined.

3. Of those who left the force (referred to in the question above), how many were still in the training stages when they dropped out? Please break down by the year they joined.

4. Providing you hold this information: Please provide a list of reasons why these new officers chose to leave the police force. For instance, stress, new job offer, reason not known, etc. Please break down by the year they joined the force.

5. How many of these new officers (both trainees and new recruits) have been asked to leave the force/fired? I.e. were forced to leave, and did not leave of their own accord. For example, faced disciplinary action, failed a fitness test, failed the training, etc. Please break down by the year they were recruited, and the reason why they were asked to leave.

6. Approximately how much money (on average) does it take to recruit and train one new police officer, including their annual salary?

Answer

1. New police officers joining the constabulary:

Year

Headcount

2014/15

96

2015/16

181

2016/17

162

2017/18

6

Grand Total

445

2. Number of the officers above who have now left the constabulary:

Year

Headcount

2014/15

14

2015/16

14

2016/17

3

Grand Total

31

3. Number of officers undertaking training at the time of leaving the constabulary:

 Year

Less than 2 years

2014/15

14

2015/16

14

2016/17

3

Grand Total

31

4. Reasons for leaving the constabulary:

 Year

Dismissed

Resignation

Resignation: Nature of Work

Resignation: Personal Reasons

Resignation: Transfer Force HO

2014/15

1

2

3

4

4

2015/16

 

8

3

3

 

2016/17

 

1

 

1

1

Grand Total

1

11

6

8

5

5. No other reasons for leaving the constabulary are recorded. 

In relation to question 6, please note that the Freedom of Information Act allows a right of access to recorded information. For the purpose of the Act, information that is already recorded or documented at the time of the request can be disclosed. Information will not be held for the purposes of the Act where it relates to, for example, understanding, knowledge and opinion and is not recorded.

There is no obligation for the constabulary to create information to satisfy a request. In this instance we would need to calculate an average, therefore create an answer to your question. As such the information requested is not recorded as new information would be created in order to answer this question.

FOI reference: 784/17.

Date of request: 26.06.17.