Multi agency public protection arrangements annual report
Statistics regarding various aspects of the delivery of Multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) in England and Wales.
Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics, Scotland
Department: Scottish Government
This publication presents statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which give the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by the eight Scottish police forces.
Police service strength, England and Wales
Department: Home Office
Statistics on police strength for the 43 police forces of England and Wales and for the British Transport Police.
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The annual statistical bulletin ‘Police Service Strength England and Wales (31 March)’ contains figures for numbers of police personnel in post as at 31 March, together with numbers of recruits and leavers in the 12 months to 31 March.
Further breakdowns by rank, gender and ethnicity of officer, as well as for police staff, designated officers, police community support officers (PCSO), traffic wardens and special constables. The bulletin contains figures down to police force area level, and supplementary tables contain officers and PCSOs in post at basic command unit level (BCU).
An intermediate bulletin ‘Police Service Strength England and Wales (30 September)’ contains less detail, concentrating on headline totals at police force area level for officers, staff and PCSOs in post.
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Measures of Police Service Strength
In January 2001, a Police Numbers Task Force (PNTF) was established by the Home Secretary to look at problems with the existing data on police numbers and to produce recommendations on how this data might be improved. On the basis of the conclusions reached by the PNTF, a new data requirement for police force employees was developed.
One of the recommendations of the PNTF was that the data collected should enable a clear presentation of the numbers of staff employed by police forces as well as the number available for duty. The ‘all staff’ figure is a measure of the total full-time equivalent staff employed by the force, including staff seconded into the force and staff on any type of long or short-term absence. The head count of the number of staff available for duty excludes those on long-term leave of absence.
These new calculations for counting police numbers were first used to produce the police service strength at March 2003 and are not comparable with data prior to March 2003. Figures, calculated on the old or ‘comparable’ basis, which excludes those on career breaks and maternity/paternity leave, are provided in Police Service Strength England and Wales bulletins to allow comparison with figures prior to March 2003.
Joiners and leavers
A further recommendation of the PNTF was that the new data requirement should enable a reconciliation to take place for each force between the total number reported to the Home Office in a period, those joining and leaving in the subsequent period and the resulting new total. This required all joiners and leavers to be counted, including transfers to and from other police forces. Previously, transfers were excluded from joining and leaving figures.
Prior to 2003, police strength bulletins presented the number of joiners and leavers as a head count figure, but the data collection system introduced in April 2002 also provides a full-time equivalent figure. Full-time equivalent figures have been used in Tables five and six to be consistent with other tables in the bulletin.
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