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|Police officer strength, by gender, in Avon and Somerset, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2009( 1, 2, 3)|
|(1) Figures for 1997 to 2002 are not comparable with figures for 2003 to 2009. Figures for 1997 to 2002 exclude officers on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave, while figures for 2003 to 2009 include officers on 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. Total figures for 1997 to 2002 are shown as full-time equivalent (rounded to the nearest whole number), while total figures for 2003 to 2009 are shown as headcount. (2) Full-time and part-time figures are shown as headcount. (3) Full-time and headcount figures broken down by gender are not available for 1997 to 2002. Therefore total figures have been shown as full-time equivalent. (4) Not available.|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) median and (b) mean salary of a police constable in each constabulary was in (i) nominal and (ii) real terms in each year since 1997. 
The total number of joiners on an annual basis and other related data are published annually as part of the annual Police Service Strength Home Office Statistical Bulletin. The latest bulletin can be found at:
|Police officer joiners, England and Wales, 2007-08 and 2008-09|
1. Quarterly figures are provisional and have not been verified by forces.
2. Figures include the following types of joiners: 'Standard Direct', 'Rejoining', 'Previously Special Constable' and 'Transfer'.
3. This table contains full-time equivalent figures for the 43 forces of England and Wales. They have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persistent and prolific offenders have been identified in (a) total and (b) each police force area in each of the last five years. 
The information requested is set out in the table. This shows the total number of offenders, by police force area, who were classified as prolific and other priority offenders in each of the years since the prolific and other priority offender programme was launched in September 2004. The table shows the total number of offenders who had been classified during each full 12-month period. Some offenders would have been classified as prolific and other priority offenders during the course of the years shown, and others de-classified during the years shown, in accordance
with local selection and de-selection criteria. At any given time, the total number of offenders classified as prolific and other priority offenders across England and Wales is between 10,000 and 11,000 offenders.
The published evaluation of the prolific and other priority offender programme in 2004 showed that the offenders first taken on to the programme in September and October 2004 reduced their convictions by 62 per cent. over their first 17 months on the programme.
|Table: Number of prolific and other priority offenders 2005-06 to 2008-09|
|Police force area||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09|
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