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Police: Eastbourne

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police officers per 1,000 individuals there were in Eastbourne constituency in each of the last 10 years. [229992]

Mr. Coaker: Information for Sussex police strength along with basic command unit (BCU) data are provided in the following table. Eastbourne currently falls within the East Sussex Division. Before 2006, it was part of the East Downs Division. Police personnel data are not available by parliamentary constituency. No BCU data are available prior to 2002-03.

1999( 1) 2000( 1) 2001( 1) 2002( 1) 2003( 1, )( 3) 2004( 1, )( 3) 2005( 1, )( 3) 2006( 1, )( 3) 2007( 1, )( 3) 2008( 1, )( 3)

Sussex police force

Police officer strength (FTE)(2,3)

2,847

2,822

2,855

2,893

2,989

3,039

3,044

3,092

3,077

3,032

Police officers per 1,000 population(2,)( )(4)

1.91

1.88

1.88

1.90

2.03

2.06

2.05

2.07

2.05

2.01

East Downs BCU

Police officer strength (FTE)(2,)( )(4)

351

375

380

378

Police officers per 1,000 population(2,)( )(4)

1.44

1.17

1.18

1.17

East Sussex BCU

Police officer strength (FTE)(2,)( )(4)

696

695

Police officers per 1,000 population(2,)( )(4)

1.4

1.37

(1) Figures as at 31 March in each year provided.
(2) This and other tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
(3) Comparable strength (excludes those on career breaks, or maternity/paternity leave). The Police Numbers Task Force (2001) recommended that a clear presentation was made of the numbers of staff employed by police forces including those seconded into the force and those on any type of long or short-term absence. These new calculations were first used in 2003, and are not comparable with data prior to March 2003. The data from 2003 onwards used here are termed comparable because they have been calculated on the old basis to allow comparison.
(4) Figures up to 31 March 2002 exclude staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave. The figures for 31 March 2003 onwards figures include those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

Police: Finance

Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police constables and (b) police community support officers in (i) England and (ii) Avon and Somerset Constabulary will be funded by her Department for each year of the 2007 to 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review period; and how much has been set aside for this purpose for each such year. [231453]

Mr. Coaker: The following table sets out the number of constables and police community support officers in England and the Avon and Somerset constabulary for March 2007 and 2008. It is not possible to identify what proportion of constables are, or will be funded by the Home Office during the CSR period as the cost of policing is jointly met through police grant from the Home Office, revenue support grant from the DCLG and the police authority precept on the council tax. Decisions on the number of officers at each rank are an operational matter for the chief constable.

In December 2006, in response to requests from Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Police Authorities, my predecessor agreed to relax the controls over officer numbers imposed by the Crime Fighting Fund (CFF). As a result of this relaxation, chief constables are able to use the CFF funding where it is most needed, rather than solely to fund police officer posts. This flexibility has given the service the freedom they asked for to employ staff instead of officers in back office and support roles, allowing officers to concentrate on core policing functions.

CFF payments total £274.3 million for England, including £1.422 million for the Avon and Somerset constabulary. As many forces are now taking advantage of the new CFF flexibilities it is not possible to identify how many constable posts continue to be funded through the CFF.

In the case of police community support officers specific grant funding for neighbourhood policing includes a contribution towards the cost of maintaining PCSOs in England. Home Office funding in 2008-09 for neighbourhood policing, including PCSOs, is £310 million,
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including £7 million for Avon and Somerset to continue implementing neighbourhood policing and to help support the cost of their PCSOs. The Government have announced that this funding will be uprated in each year of the comprehensive spending review period in line with inflation.

Police constables and police community support officers England and Avon and Somerset constabulary( 1)

31 March 2007 31 March 2008

Constables

England

103,724

103,374

Avon and Somerset

2,658

2,639

Police community support officers

England

12,856

15,107

Avon and Somerset

302

377

(1 )All figures are full-time equivalent strength

Police: Hemel Hempstead

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) police officers and (b) police officers per 1,000 individuals there were in Hemel Hempstead constituency in each of the last 10 years; [231101]

(2) how many police officers there were in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available. [231103]

Mr. Coaker: Information for Hertfordshire constabulary at the police force and basic command unit (BCU) level is provided in the following tables. Hemel Hempstead falls within the western division BCU. Police personnel data are not available by parliamentary constituency. BCU data are not available prior to 2002-03.

Police officer strength( 1,2) and officers per 100,000 population for Hertfordshire police force
As at 31 March each year Police officer strength Officers per 100,000 population

1997

1,759

205

1998

1,740

202

1999

1,724

198

2000

1,767

201

2001

1,922

184

2002

1,825

174

2003

1,957

191

2004

2,086

204

2005

2,104

206

2006

2,126

208

2007

2,159

210

2008

2,137

204

(1) These tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
(2) Comparable strength (excludes those on career breaks, or maternity/paternity leave). The Police Numbers Task Force (2001) recommended that a clear presentation was made of the numbers of staff employed by police forces including those seconded into the force and those on any type of long or short-term absence. These new calculations were first used in 2003, and are not comparable with data prior to March 2003. The data from 2003 onwards used here are termed comparable because they have been calculated on the old basis to allow comparison.

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Police officer strength( 1,2) and officers par 100,000 population for Hertfordshire western basic command unit
As at 31 March each year Police officer strength Officers per 100,000 population

2003

504

168

2004

552

183

2005

547

182

2006

516

171

2007

505

167

2008

494

163

(1) These tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
(2) Data collected from 2002-03 onwards.

Police: Translation Services

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much police forces spent on interpretation and translation in Hertfordshire in each of the last five years. [231909]

Mr. Coaker: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans) on 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 686W.

Police: Uxbridge

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were based in Uxbridge constituency in each of the last 10 years. [231807]

Mr. Coaker: The available data are given in the following table, and relate to the Hillingdon Basic Command Unit.

Police service strength data are not available by constituency, and are collected at the police force and Basic Command Unit (BCU) levels only. BCU level data have been centrally collected from 2002-03 onwards.

Police officers (FTE)( 1) in the Hillingdon Basic Command Unit of the Metropolitan Police 2003-08
As at 31 March each year

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Hillingdon

458

484

498

506

495

514

(1) These figures are based on full-time equivalents that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Due to rounding there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of constituent items. Figures include those officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.

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