MPS recruits

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Dee Doocey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please provide, for each month since the beginning of the current financial year, the number of MPS employees within Territorial Policing, broken down in the same way as in the Policing Plan 2009-12, i.e. Police Officers, Recruits, Police Staff, PCSOs, Traffic Wardens.


Answer for MPS recruits

Answer for MPS recruits

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Answer from the Mayor:

Employee Category Apr-09 May-09 Jun-09 Jul-09 Aug-09 Sep-09 Oct-09 Police Officers 20,866 21,046 21,123 21,246 21,393 21,310 21,449 Recruits 1,439 1,439 1,574 1,431 1,297 1,187 1,029 Police Staff 5,851 5,816 5,810 5,801 5,781 5,769 5,757 PCSOs 4,553 4,561 4,553 4,637 4,598 4,535 4,464 Traffic Wardens 266 265 265 265 256 256 253 Special Constables 2,597 2,552 2,596 2,573 2,624 2,644 2,751 Total 35,572 35,679 35,921 35,953 35,949 35,701 35,703

Police Officers - The gradual increase in Territorial Policing's (TP) officer strength reflects the successful recruitment and training, which has consolidated the strength of the MPS as a whole. TP is now operating slightly above its target strength. This will be rectified when the specialist groups' selection processes have been completed and the selected officers are transferred from TP into their new roles.

Recruits - The larger intakes profiled for the early part of the year have now completed their training and been posted to Boroughs. Numbers will continue to reduce as the large intakes graduate and are replaced by the smaller intakes planned for later in the year. This also reflects smaller intakes due to lower wastage.

Police Staff - Numbers remain fairly constant at around 5,800.

PCSOs - Again, numbers remain fairly constant with the only variations caused by the timing of the 750 PCSOs joining IPLDP (Initial Police Learning Development Programme). Their replacements are profiled to join throughout the year.

Traffic Wardens - The MPS no longer recruit traffic wardens, preferring to replace leavers with PCSOs. Numbers will continue to reduce as postholders leave or retire.

Special Constables - Numbers are now increasing as the MPS builds to a strength of 5,670 at 31/03/2012.