§ Paddy Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police numbers in Nottinghamshire. 
§ Mr. Denham
I understand from the Chief Constable that on 31 August the force had 2,285 police officers. This is 63 more officers than the force had in March 2001. Nottinghamshire Constabulary has set a budgeted work force total of 2,347 officers for 31 March 2002. On 31 March 2001 the force had 2,039 civilian support staff, 36 more than in March 1997.
Fifty-eight recruits to Nottinghamshire Constabulary were funded by the crime fighting fund (CFF) in 2000–01 and the force expects to recruit 47 CFF officers in 2001–02.