Police forces at record strength

Author: By Jack Doyle, Press Association

Home Office statistics showed there were nearly 2,000 more full- time officers
in 2008/9, including an extra 1,200 constables.

The 43 forces employed 143,770 full-time officers, around 1 per cent more than
a year earlier.

Cheaper Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are being employed at a much
faster rate, the figures revealed. Total numbers went up 16,507, or 4 per
cent.

The figures suggest public spending constraints have yet to lead to fewer
officers and police staff.

Not all forces increased the number of officers they employed, however.

Twenty-seven forces employed more, including an extra 1,100 in the
Metropolitan Police, while 16 reported falls in officer strength including
both North and South Yorkshire and Humberside.

The number of officers from ethnic minority groups grew by just 0.3 per cent.
Ethnic minority officers now make up just over 4 per cent of the total.

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