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Where Are All The Police? – An Analysis of Police Resources HOUSE OF COMMONS HOME AFFAIRS COMMITTEE – POLICE SERVICE STRENGTH


Key facts • There was a 4.8% increase in police officers and a 15.5% increase in police staff employed across the service between 2004 and 2009. • 13 forces out of 43 reported an overall decrease in officer numbers between 2004 and 2009, ranging between -0.9% to -7%. • Three forces reported a rise in officer numbers of over 10%. • Ten forces reported an increase in staff numbers of over 25%. • In the last financial year, officer numbers rose by 2.9% across the service and staff numbers by 3%. • 71% of police budgets is spent on police salaries and 16% on pensions, meaning that in total almost 88% is spent on the workforce. • Central funding to the police service increased by 19% in real terms between 1997/98 and 2008/09. • The police national grant is expected to increase by 2.7% in 2010/11. • The future is more uncertain: the Association of Police Authorities estimates that forces may be able to manage a 5% cut in overall spending without reducing uniformed staff budgets; a 10% cut on the other hand would be likely to require forces to reduce these budgets by £260 million, or 5,800 officers.


HOME OFFICE POLICE SERVICE STRENGTH – JULY 2010


MAIN POINTS


• There were 143,770 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in the 43 police forces of England and Wales as at 31 March 2009. This is an increase of 1,911 officers compared to a year earlier, and brings officer numbers to a record high.


• The FTE police officer strength figure for the 43 forces of England and Wales as at 31 March 2009, calculated on the old basis which excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave, was 141,647. This is an increase of 1,919 officers compared to a year earlier.


• FTE police staff numbers for the 43 forces of England and Wales stand at 79,296, an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to a year earlier.


• The total number of FTE police community support officers in the 43 police forces of England and Wales was 16,507, an increase of 4.4 per cent on the previous year.


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