Officer Numbers (12926/16)

Request

Can you provide me with some information relating to the following the questions:

The percentage and number of police officers who are designated as ‘foot patrol’ officers, by year for the past 5 years.

The percentage and number of PCSO’s who are designated as foot patrol, by year for the past 5 years.

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

Currently, there is no designation for Foot Patrol on our HR Systems however, to assist you, I have provided data that closely matches your request.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
Therefore I have detailed the headcount for Police Constables, Sergeants, PCSO’s posted to a Neighbourhood Team, however we have not included any officers whose duty is recorded as Safer Travel or Partnership.

PC/Sergeant  PCSO
1st April 2011                1721   740
1st April 2012               1247   709
1st April 2013                855    675
1st April 2014                853    666
1st April 2015                 812    610
1st April 2016                 802   504

Further information about West Midlands Police structure is available

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/keeping-you-safe/about-us/our-structure/index.aspx

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