Special Constables (8876_16)

Request

1) As of 01/08/2016 how many volunteer special constables do you currently have working for your force?

2) How many policing hours in your force were worked by volunteer special constables in the year from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016?

3) Please could you provide me a monthly breakdown of hours worked by special constables?

Response

See attached (8876_attachment_01.pdf). Please note, data for questions 2 and 3 have been compiled using centrally collated returns from departments and Local Policing Units across the force. It has been discovered though that each month has a small number of omissions and therefore the figures will not be complete. This however is the closest recorded information that we have been able to locate and retrieve in relation to your request.

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.

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