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Police Constable Recruitment

Question

How many persons have you employed newly as Police Constables over the past 5 years, and what percentage of those were previous/existing Special Constables in comparison to candidates new to policing?

Answer

Police Constable starters in the last five years have been checked to ascertain whether they were previously a Special Constable. Those who were special constables from 1st January 2009 are included as this is the start date of the data that is recorded. Please see the requested information in the table below. Information is provided in financial year.

With reference to the requested percentage, 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. There is no obligation for the constabulary to create information to satisfy a request. In this instance we would need to calculate a percentage, therefore create an answer. As such the information requested is not recorded as new information would be created in order to answer this question. In order to assist you, we have provided the total number of police constable starters and the number who were new to policing.

Year

Previous Special Constable

New to Policing

Total Constable Starters

2012/13

10

16

26

2013/14

26

65

91

2014/15

24

72

96

2015/16

54

127

181

2016/17

23

139

162

FOI reference: 1505/17.

Date of request: 06.12.17.