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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

July 25, 2005: Police Numbers At New High

Police numbers have reached a record level of over 141,000. The number of police officers in England and Wales on 31 March 2005 totalled 141,230 (142,795 police officers, if staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave are included).

This is an increase of over 2000 (1.5%) since March 2004 and 14,072 (11%) more than in March 1997. (The number of police officers in England and Wales in March 1997 was 127,158.)

For the first time ever, all groups across the police service - Police Officers, Special Constables, Community Support Officers (CSOs) and Police Staff - have seen an increase in staff numbers.

The total number of police community support officers in the 43 police forces in England and Wales was 6,214 in March 2005.

The number of Special Constables has increased by nearly 1,000 since March 2004 to 11,918. This is the first annual increase in Specials since 1992. CSOs are up by nearly 2,800 to 6214 and Police Staff are up by nearly 3,300 to 70,869.

Home Office Minister Paul Goggins said:

"While record police officer numbers is excellent news, it is how policing is delivered that is important. By 2008 every area will benefit from dedicated, visible, accessible and responsive neighbourhood policing teams. Led by police officers, these teams will also include community support officers and special constables, and will provide a more modern, efficient and effective service to local communities."