Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Police Numbers

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers were in post in the Hertfordshire constabulary in each year since 1983. [25244]

    Mr. Denham: The information is set out in the table.

    Hertfordshire constabulary

    Police strength as at 31 March

    1983

    1,554

    1984

    1,562

    1985

    1,562

    1986

    1,565

    1987

    1,579

    1988

    1,603

    1989

    1,638

    1990

    1,657

    1991

    1,666

    1992

    1,695

    1993

    1,700

    1994

    1,682

    1995

    1,703

    1996

    1,712

    1997

    1,759

    1998

    1,740

    1999

    1,724

    2000

    1,767

    2001(37)

    1,922

    2001 (30 September)

    1,843

    (37) Affected by boundary changes on 1 April 2000 with the Metropolitan police

    The reduction in police numbers since 1 April 2001 can be attributed to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) offices seconded following the boundary changes on 1 April 2000 returning to the MPS. All such secondees are due to return to the MPS by 31 March 2002.

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