HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 cc430-1W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in full-time police officers in Stoke-on-Trent North has been since 1997. [177645]

Ms Blears

Information on strength at Basic Command Unit (BCU) level is collected annually and reflects the position al the end of March. Information on BCU strength is only available from 2002.

The Stoke-on-Trent North constituency is part of the Stoke-on-Trent Basic Command Unit (BCU). In March 2002 Stoke-on-Trent Division was 365 officers. The force has not provided any BCU data for March 2003. The deployment of officers to BCUs is a matter for the Chief Constable (John Giffard) and within the Stoke-on-Trent BCU deployment of officers is a matter for the Divisional Commander.

At the end of December 2003 Staffordshire police had record strength of 2,253, which is 42 more officers than in March 1997.