HC Deb 16 November 1982 vol 32 c89W
Mr. Colvin

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many personnel are currently employed in the police force: and how many were employed at a similar date in 1978 and 1979.

Mr. Mayhew

The figures are as follows:

Police and police civilian strengths in England and Wales on 30 September
Total police Strength Total police civilian strength*
1982 120,323 43,984
1979 112,491 44,020
1978 108,040 42,915

* Part-time staff counted on a 2 for 1 basis. Includes cadets and traffic wardens.