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Number of Officers in the Force

Question

1. The total number of police officers in your force as of now.

2. The number of police officers in your force who routinely carry tasers as of now.

3. The total number of police officers in your force in 2010.

Answer

1. As of 30th April 2016 we had a headcount of 2,759 police officers. Please note this does not include Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) or special constables.

2. Avon and Somerset is part of a collaboration with neighbouring forces, Gloucestershire Constabulary and Wiltshire Police to provide specialist operational services across the three force areas. This encompasses the specialisms of firearms, roads policing, collision investigation and dogs. Tri-Force has 684 Taser trained officers. Please note that this figure is subject to change as new officers receive training.

3. In March 2010 we had a headcount of 3,356 police officers.

FOI Ref: 753/16

Date of Request: 26.05.16