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NEW POLICE OFFICER ALLOCATIONS ANNOUNCED (ENGLAND/WALES)

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Police forces across England and Wales today heard how the 4,000 new ...
Police forces across England and Wales today heard how the 4,000 new

police officers, announced recently as part of the government's

Spending Review, are to be allocated.

Home office minister Barbara Roche announced that the money for new

officers is to be divided between forces according to the Police

Grant and Standard Spending Assessment formula.

She said:

'Forces across England and Wales have now been given an unexpected

boost to their existing and already enhanced recruitment plans and

will want to work hard to ensure that they use these extra

ring-fenced resources to improve their crime fighting capabilities.

'In return the government and the public will want to see results -

reduction in crime, with more offenders being brought to justice.

'Crime however, will not be solved by increasing numbers alone.

Improved technology, reform of the criminal justice system and

increased partnership between all agencies, together with an increase

in frontline officers, is the key to successful crime reduction.'

The funding will expand the Crime Fighting Fund by 4,000 additional

recruits, from the current 5,000 over two years, to 9,000 over three

years. These recruits will be over and above the numbers forces had

otherwise planned to recruit over the period.

Notes

1. Currently the 5,000 additional officers which were announced in

September 1999, are due to be distributed over the next two years

eg for year 2000/01 = 3,000 officers and 2001/02 = 2,000 officers.

With the additional 4,000 officers, making a total of 9,000,

the distributions will be as follows

year 2000/01 = 3,000 (as before)

year 2001/02 = 3,000

year 2002/03 = 3,000

2. The police force breakdowns are attached. Annex A shows the

distribution of the 4,000 officers. Annex B shows the distribution

of the total 9,000 (4,000 plus original 5,000).

3. The expanded Crime Fighting Fund (CFF) is worth£395m in

the years 2001/02 and 2002/03. This ring-fenced money is in

addition to the£59m already announced for 2000/01. It will

fund the recruitment of the 9000 officers and support the

continued employment in 2001/02 and 2002/03 of the CFF officers

recruited in 2000/01 and 2001/02. Continued funding for CFF

recruits has been provided for 2003/04 out of the Spending Review.

Therefore the total cost of the 9,000 officers is likely to be

£667m between 2001/02 and 2003/04.

4. Allocations of recruits to individual forces for the second and

third year of the CFF are subject to the forces meeting the

continuation criteria as set out in the scheme guidelines, which

were published on 2 December 1999 - see press notice 392/99.

In brief, the continuation criteria cover whether the agreed

additional numbers have been recruited and deployed to front line

policing; whether forces are meeting efficiency gain targets; and

forces' progress on targets for crime reduction, police officer

sickness absence and ethnic minority recruitment.

5. The home secretary does not set an establishment level for forces.

Chief officers are responsible for decision about the use of the

resources provided to them including police officer recruitment.

6. The Spending Review, announced by the chancellor on 18 July 2000,

said that overall police spending was planned to rise by 3.8 per

cent a year in real terms over the next three years - a total of

£9.3bn for the police in 2003/04.

ANNEX A

ALLOCATION OF ADDITIONAL 4,000 RECRUITS

Region Force Allocation

Year 2 Year 3

2001/02 2002/03 Total

North East

Cleveland 19 27 46

Durham 8 38 46

Northumbria 36 82 118

N West & Merseyside

Cheshire 11 50 61

Cumbria 8 26 34

Greater Manchester 9 201 210

Lancashire 26 74 100

Merseyside 17 114 131

Yorkshire & Humberside

Humberside 14 49 63

North Yorkshire 18 25 43

South Yorkshire 27 69 96

West Yorkshire 67 94 161

East Midlands

Derbyshire 3 54 57

Leicestershire 19 38 57

Lincolnshire 6 29 35

Northamptonshire 11 26 37

Nottinghamshire 18 52 70

West Midlands

Stafforshire 17 46 63

Warwickshire 5 24 29

West Mercia 20 43 63

West Midlands 42 171 213

Eastern

Bedfordshire 4 31 35

Cambridgeshire 18 24 42

Essex 29 65 94

Hertfordshire 25 37 62

Norfolk 16 31 47

Suffolk 7 31 38

London

City of London 15 15 30

Metropolitan Police 249 682 931

South East

Hampshire 26 84 110

Kent 28 76 104

Surrey 16 40 56

Sussex 21 73 94

Thames Valley 19 106 125

South West

Avon & Somerset 17 77 94

Devon & Cornwall 18 79 97

Dorset 9 30 39

Gloucestershire 12 22 34

Wiltshire 7 29 36

Wales

Dyfed Powys 13 16 29

Gwent 6 32 38

North Wales 4 38 42

South Wales 40 50 90

TOTAL 1,000 3,000 4,000

ANNEX B

TOTAL ALLOCATION OF 9,000 ADDITIONAL RECRUITS

Region Force Allocation

2000/2001 2001/2002 2002/3 TOTAL

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3

North East

Cleveland 20 27 27 74

Durham 36 23 38 97

Northumbria 85 87 82 254

N West & Merseyside

Cheshire 47 50 50 147

Cumbria 25 23 26 74

Greater Manchester 186 201 201 588

Lancashire 75 77 74 226

Merseyside 105 113 114 332

Yorkshire & Humberside

Humberside 47 41 49 137

North Yorkshire 20 23 25 58

South Yorkshire 67 61 69 197

West Yorkshire 107 91 94 292

East Midlands

Derbyshire 49 55 54 158

Leicestershire 46 56 38 140

Lincolnshire 29 18 29 76

Northamptonshire 32 32 26 90

Nottinghamshire 52 53 52 157

West Midlands

Staffordshire 49 51 46 146

Warwickshire 21 14 24 59

West Mercia 50 59 43 152

West Midlands 173 179 171 523

Eastern

Bedfordshire 28 31 31 90

Cambridgeshire 37 23 24 84

Essex 70 62 65 197

Hertfordshire 40 30 37 107

Norfolk 35 47 31 113

Suffolk 31 21 31 83

London

City of London 8 15 15 38

Metropolitan Police 663 699 682 2044

South East

Hampshire 82 77 84 243

Kent 82 92 76 250

Surrey 46 48 40 134

Sussex 69 64 73 206

Thames Valley 111 108 106 325

South West

Avon & Somerset 67 51 77 195

Devon & Cornwall 77 79 79 235

Dorset 29 26 30 85

Gloucestershire 29 35 22 86

Wiltshire 26 21 29 76

Wales

Dyfed Powys 25 38 16 79

Gwent 31 18 32 81

North Wales 34 32 38 104

South Wales 59 49 50 158

TOTAL 3,000 3,000 3,000 9,000

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