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Police Community Support Officers

Question for Home Office

UIN HL994, tabled on 10 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police community support officers there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2019.

Answered on

24 June 2021

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the size and composition of the police workforce in England and Wales on a biannual basis in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, available here: Police workforce England and Wales statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The latest police community support officer numbers were released in the publication covering the situation as at 30 September 2020. Data covering the situation as at 31 March 2020 and previous years are available in open data format here: Police workforce open data tables - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The number of police community support officers (full time-equivalent, FTE) in the 43 territorial England and Wales forces as at 30 September 2019 is provided in the table below:

Police Community Support Officers (PCSO), England and Wales
As at 30 September, 2019

Force

FTE

Avon & Somerset

313

Bedfordshire

51

Cambridgeshire

73

Cheshire

194

Cleveland

128

Cumbria

76

Derbyshire

174

Devon & Cornwall

199

Dorset

115

Durham

126

Dyfed-Powys

144

Essex

111

Gloucestershire

106

Greater Manchester

575

Gwent

129

Hampshire

233

Hertfordshire

209

Humberside

184

Kent

300

Lancashire

248

Leicestershire

177

Lincolnshire

101

London, City of

5

Merseyside

211

Metropolitan Police

1,273

Norfolk

0

North Wales

191

North Yorkshire

178

Northamptonshire

98

Northumbria

215

Nottinghamshire

167

South Wales

365

South Yorkshire

177

Staffordshire

211

Suffolk

42

Surrey

108

Sussex

253

Thames Valley

349

Warwickshire

83

West Mercia

225

West Midlands

436

West Yorkshire

594

Wiltshire

144

Total

9,292

While the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin remains the key measure of the size of the police workforce, as part of the Police Officer Uplift Programme, the Home Office also publishes a quarterly update on the number of officers (headcount) in England and Wales. Data are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-officer-uplift-statistics

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