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Police: Firearms

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers carried firearms as a regular part of their duties in each of the last 10 years in (a) England and Wales and (b) in each police force area. [165673]

Mr. McNulty: The number of authorised firearms officers in police forces in England and Wales for each year since 1996-97 are shown in the following table.


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Number of authorised firearms officers (AFOs)
1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Total

6,738

6,585

6,308

6,262

6,064

5,776

5,763

6,096

6,243

6,584

Avon and Somerset

165

161

153

150

135

116

84

122

118

117

Bedfordshire

46

42

50

46

45

48

53

58

56

59

Cambridgeshire

90

80

80

77

73

56

71

60

60

50

Cheshire

70

82

70

75

74

81

89

75

76

73

Cleveland

86

84

78

80

75

85

80

95

100

100

City of London

88

81

55

73

74

73

72

86

89

86

Cumbria

108

122

98

98

94

92

87

89

90

89

Derbyshire

110

100

87

77

81

80

69

70

74

75

Devon and Cornwall

151

147

82

119

100

108

115

132

123

122

Dorset

74

72

72

66

67

57

59

60

64

62

Durham

138

144

96

101

101

86

102

97

103

100

Essex

228

217

235

228

195

180

184

186

202

205

Gloucestershire

82

84

79

77

72

71

80

82

93

92

Gtr Manchester

209

182

217

218

240

219

202

205

187

245

Hampshire

106

112

110

111

100

87

94

94

92

97

Hertfordshire

42

41

43

52

44

46

47

50

53

52

Humberside

90

102

102

97

102

96

96

96

101

92

Kent

150

150

130

136

136

113

93

90

94

94

Lancashire

132

125

132

143

132

138

129

122

115

123

Leicestershire

104

94

90

90

85

69

68

51

53

59

Lincolnshire

82

85

75

78

80

91

87

78

86

87

Merseyside

147

165

121

96

103

78

84

94

93

129

Metropolitan

2,035

1,971

1,951

1,977

1,940

1,805

1,823

2,060

2,134

2,331

Norfolk

98

102

109

110

114

104

109

114

125

119

Northamptonshire

92

92

92

75

77

51

56

52

50

56

Northumbria

173

126

123

114

109

125

99

90

93

98

North Yorkshire

108

95

83

59

66

66

64

60

56

78

Nottinghamshire

128

129

120

116

137

136

131

138

138

149

South Yorkshire

110

108

90

100

98

92

100

98

122

116

Staffordshire

78

86

92

81

67

71

63

67

76

70

Suffolk

82

96

101

98

90

90

80

96

88

84

Surrey

76

61

69

71

72

62

48

53

49

51

Sussex

180

146

156

131

118

120

141

134

130

129

Thames Valley

185

194

179

187

185

156

180

172

176

180

Warwickshire

41

38

44

54

45

50

51

46

53

55

West Mercia

155

159

139

129

130

125

131

139

141

152

West Midlands

88

95

92

93

83

111

110

124

134

145

West Yorkshire

131

114

128

110

117

116

132

140

130

150

Wiltshire

134

105

88

89

71

71

78

80

74

72

Dyfed Powys

70

71

67

65

61

77

62

58

79

68

Gwent

70

59

64

68

66

57

60

71

74

86

North Wales

72

90

97

92

67

83

75

73

65

57

South Wales

134

176

169

155

143

138

125

139

134

130


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