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Police Officer and PCSO Headcount Since 2009/10

Question

1. Could you please provide the total number of police officers/PCSOs in your force as at 1 April for as many financial years as possible within cost limits but at least since 2010

2. Could you please provide the total number of police officers/PCSOs designated as “foot patrol” officers (or posted to a neighbourhood team/who conducted neighbourhood police patrols) for those same financial years but at least since 2010

3. Could you please provide a breakdown of the ranks for the aforementioned “foot patrol” police officers/PCSOs for each of those financial years

Answer

Please see our response to Q1 below; this is the headcount of Police Officers and PCSO’s, excluding those on career breaks, as of 31st March for each year.

Staff Group

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Police Officer

3165

3255

3089

2936

2863

2797

2773

2751

PCSO

391

384

375

369

341

345

336

331

Grand Total

3556

3639

3464

3305

3204

3142

3109

3082

Q2&3 – we do not record the number of Officers/PCSO’s who carry out ‘foot patrol’ or neighbourhood patrols. These form part of routine operational duties and are not separately recorded.

We do record the number of Officers/PCSO’s within neighbourhood policing however this will incorporate a range of duties additional to patrols. This has been provided in the table below:

Staff Group

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Police Officer

293

305

289

285

275

295

276

276

Inspector

22

22

22

17

17

16

14

13

Sergeant

53

53

47

48

45

51

45

46

Constable

218

230

220

220

213

228

217

217

PCSO

391

384

375

369

341

345

336

331

Scales 1 to 6

391

384

375

369

341

345

336

331

Grand Total

684

689

664

654

616

640

612

607

FOI reference: 1254/17.

Date of request: 12.10.17.