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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

September 30, 2004: Record Number of Police Officers

The Home Office has just published new figures on the overall total of police officers in England and Wales.  They indicate that there were 140,563 full-time equivalent police officers  on 31 March 2004. This is an increase of 6,114 (that is, 5 per cent) compared to a year earlier.

All forty-three forces increased their total officer strength in the 12 months to 31 March 2004. The largest increases in percentage terms were in Greater Manchester (up 10 per cent or 720 officers), Avon and Somerset (up 8 per cent or 257 officers) and Cumbria (up 8 per cent or 87 officers). The largest numerical increase was in the London's Metropolitan Police (up 1,804 officers or 6 per cent). In all, 14 forces increased their officer strength by 100 or more compared with 31 March 2003.

The overall total includes 2,095 officers seconded to the National Crime Squad, National Criminal Intelligence Service and central services.

There were 4,629 minority ethnic officers (that is, 3.3 per cent) of the total police strength, compared with 2.9 per cent on 31 March 2003.

The adjusted police officer strength figure for 31 March 2004, for comparison with figures prior to March 2003, was 139,200 - the highest level on record.