§ Mr. Colvin
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many personnel are currently employed in the police force: and how many were employed at a similar date in 1978 and 1979.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The figures are as follows:
Police and police civilian strengths in England and Wales on 30 September Total police Strength Total police civilian strength* 1982 120,323 43,984 1979 112,491 44,020 1978 108,040 42,915
* Part-time staff counted on a 2 for 1 basis. Includes cadets and traffic wardens.