Please may I request some information for an article I am writing regarding the number of PCSOs employed by West Midlands Police, in particular, in relation to my questions below I am referring to actual employed persons and not the total number of ‘posts’ or vacant positions within these posts.
How many PCSOs were West Midlands Police employing as of January 2014 How many PCSOs were West Midlands Police employing as of January 2015 How many PCSOs were West Midlands Police employing for each month from June 2015 until the most current possible date (ie today’s current number of employed PCSOs.)
Please find attached our response.
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.
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.