§ Annabelle Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) police officers and (b) civilian support staff there were in each English constabulary in the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Ms Blears
The latest available police officer strength figure is for 31 December 2002, that for police staff is for 31 March 2002.
The figures are set out in the table.
Police and civilian support staff strength Force Police officer strength as at 31 December 2002 Police staff strength as at 31 March 2002 Avon and Somerset 3,172 1,611 Bedfordshire 1,097 524 Cambridgeshire 1,388 733 Cheshire 2,084 884 Cleveland 1,561 626 Cumbria 1,121 631 Derbyshire 2,010 953 Devon and Cornwall 3,176 1,639 Dorset 1,403 741 Durham 1,645 660 Essex 2,995 1,571 Gloucestershire 1,187 545 Greater Manchester 7,347 3,135 Hampshire 3,636 1,597
Activity area Policy areas covered Reduction in crime and the fear of crime Policing, police standards and reform, reduction of crime (including Crime and Disorder Partnerships) and the fear of crime, street crime and community safety; youth crime prevention; anti-social behaviour; football disorder; criminal records; road safety enforcement, firearms Reduction of organised and international crime Counter-terrorism, international and European law enforcement and judicial cooperation, extradition; policing of organised and financial crime, high tech crime Ensuring the effective delivery of justice Overall responsibility for reform and modernisation of the criminal justice system (CJS), including CJS IT, building confidence in the CJS, narrowing the justice gap for victims and witnesses. Criminal law and criminal policy, legislation including Criminal Justice Bill and Sexual Offences Bill, policy on criminal procedure and evidence, CJS race issues Delivering effective custodial and community sentences to reduce re-offending and protect the public Effective enforcement of the sentences of the courts; public protection, rehabilitation and reducing re-offending; managing performance of the prison, probation and youth justice services Reducing the availability and abuse of dangerous drugs Overall responsibility for the anti-drugs strategy; enforcement and criminal justice interventions Regulating entry to and settlement in the UK effectively, in the interests of sustainable growth and social inclusion Nationality, immigration and asylum, including work permits; citizenship and inward migration; UK Passport Service Supporting strong and active communities in which people of all races and backgrounds are valued and participate Race equality and community cohesion; civil renewal, active citizenship and the voluntary and community sector. Regulation and licensing of animal scientific procedures; coroners; entitlement cards. Home Office input to policy on young people and families Central services Research and statistics; human resources; finance (including departmental unallocated provision); corporate development and support
Police and civilian support staff strength Force Police officer strength as at 31 December 2002 Police staff strength as at 31 March 2002 Hertfordshire 1,920 1,121 Humberside 2,113 816 Kent 3,441 1,958 Lancashire 3,368 1,442 Leicestershire 2,099 816 Lincolnshire 1,224 600 London, City of 797 247 Merseyside 4,180 1,532 Metropolitan Police 27,229 10,459 Norfolk 1,503 819 Northamptonshire 1,192 742 Northumbria 3,976 1,403 North Yorkshire 1,379 743 Nottinghamshire 2,407 1,087 South Yorkshire 3,183 1,352 Staffordshire 2,228 1,030 Suffolk 1,236 692 Surrey 1,983 1,043 Sussex 2,937 1,507 Thames Valley 3,852 2,061 Warwickshire 993 459 West Mercia 2,160 1,116 West Midlands 7,792 3,007 West Yorkshire 5,029 2,364 Wiltshire 1,121 649 Total (England) 123,163 54,913