Special Constables leaving the force

MQT on 2010-02-24
Session date: 
February 24, 2010
Question By: 
Dee Doocey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many Special Constables have left the Metropolitan Police Service in each of the last five financial years?


Answer for Special Constables leaving the force

Answer for Special Constables leaving the force

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

The number of Special Constables leaving the force in each of the last five financial years are as follows:

Year ending 31 March 2005: 105 Year ending 31 March 2006: 109 Year ending 31 March 2007: 170 Year ending 31 March 2008: 208 Year ending 31 March 2009: 498

Voluntary resignation makes up the majority of these leavers, followed by joining the regular police service. The above numbers should be taken in the context of significant growth in MPS Special Constable strength from 697 (31/03/2005) to 2973 (31/01/10).

The large leap in numbers leaving the force between March 2008 and March 2009 can by explained by a corresponding period of increased scrutiny of the Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) due to the desire to increase MSC numbers and ensure that the MSC were properly trained and supported as we move toward the additional demands of 2012.

Additional information provided on 2 March 2010

The process of ensuring that MPS records about MSC officers were accurate and that those who had become inactive were either re-engaged or formally resigned from the MSC led to a considerable level of wastage being recorded in that period. However it should be noted that 104 of those who resigned did so to join the regular service as police officers. This amounts to 21% of the wastage for that year.