HC Deb 11 February 2004 vol 417 c1513W
Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in each London borough on 1 January of each of the last six years. [153076]

Ms Blears

There are no statistics published centrally on the number of Special Constables at local authority level or by Basic Command Unit. Statistics relating to the total number of Special Constables in the City of London and the Metropolitan Police District are given in the table.

Special Constable strength
Strength as at 31 March London, City of Metropolitan police Total
1998 76 1,282 1,358
1999 64 1,138 1,202
2000 56 758 814
2001 43 774 817
2002 36 680 716
2003 42 692 734

All forces have been given funding for dedicated staff and initiatives to help implement good practice and recruit more Special Constables over the next 2–3 years. We are also running a national recruitment campaign, including television advertisements, starting on the 9 February, to coincide with the 2 National Specials Weekend on the 28–29 February.

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