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Police Community Support Officers

Question for Home Office

UIN HL997, 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 2020.

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 2020 is provided in the table below:

Police Community Support Officers (PCSO), England and Wales
As at 30 September, 2020

Force

FTE

Avon & Somerset

315

Bedfordshire

45

Cambridgeshire

70

Cheshire

187

Cleveland

89

Cumbria

67

Derbyshire

191

Devon & Cornwall

188

Dorset

124

Durham

129

Dyfed-Powys

143

Essex

104

Gloucestershire

105

Greater Manchester

552

Gwent

131

Hampshire

214

Hertfordshire

195

Humberside

166

Kent

326

Lancashire

267

Leicestershire

190

Lincolnshire

94

London, City of

5

Merseyside

189

Metropolitan Police

1,260

Norfolk

-00

North Wales

175

North Yorkshire

233

Northamptonshire

88

Northumbria

178

Nottinghamshire

160

South Wales

352

South Yorkshire

138

Staffordshire

219

Suffolk

42

Surrey

156

Sussex

275

Thames Valley

283

Warwickshire

83

West Mercia

217

West Midlands

467

West Yorkshire

576

Wiltshire

125

Total

9,115

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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