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Where Are All The Police? – An Analysis of Police Resources CHAPTER 1 WHERE ARE THE POLICE?


Recent reports from HMIC and the Audit Commission revealed that the numbers of warranted police officers actually policing our frontline during any one eight hour period in England & Wales, is as low as 10% of the 143,000 warranted officer numbers engaged by forces.


These findings beg the questions:


• “Where are our police officers?” • “What are they doing?” • “Why are they NOT on our streets?”


The findings question the abilities of Senior Officers to effectively manage resources through times of austerity, ensuring that the safety of the public and officers remain a priority.


This report looks at the recent findings of HMIC, Audit Commission and Home Office, delving deeper into the numbers, revealing by force area, the numbers of officers assigned to each of the function categories.


For each of the 43 police forces of England & Wales, the HMIC produce a 90 page “Value For Money” profile. Here, for the first time, in Figure 1 below we have extracted the totals by category from each of the profiles. Value for Money profiles http://www.hmic.gov.uk/PolicePerformance/Pages/Valueformoneyprofiles.aspx


Figure 1 Taking the totals of officers and staff from the various departments within the each of the 43 police force profiles, we were able to produce, for the first time, an overview of how police officer and police staff resources are presently allocated.


These are the national headlines, in Figure 3, we show exactly how many officers are allocated within each department by police force area.


The functions, departments and categories are explored in greater detail in the narrative that follows.


Where Are All The Police?


Here are the numbers, from the HMIC Profiles of the 43 police forces of England & Wales


ENGLAND AND WALES Community


Roads Policing


Specialist Functions Investigation Intelligence Forensics


Operational Support Control Room Criminal Justice Custody


Business Support Training Other


Local Policing National Functions


Not Available for Duty Total Workforce


6 Officers Staff Total Officers Staff Total


63,845 17,659 81,504 44% 18% 34% 5,719 1,113 6,443 1,633


6,832 4% 1% 3% 8,076 4% 2% 3%


25,478 3,924 29,402 18% 4% 12% 5,448 4,232 232 4,534


9,680 4% 4% 4% 4,766 0.16% 5% 2%


6,075 12,052 18,127 4% 12% 7% 2,539 11,566 14,105 2% 12% 6% 2,382 9,262 11,644 2% 9% 5% 2,641 2,594


2,490 19,883 22,373 2% 20% 9% 3,393 2,330 10 3,446


5,235 2% 3% 2%


5,723 2% 2% 2% 3,456 0.007% 3% 1%


126,695 94,228 220,923 88% 95% 91% 8,791 2,947 11,738 6% 3% 5% 8,363 1,529


9,892 6% 2% 4% 143,849 98,704 242,553 100% 100% 100%


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