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Detective Constables (516A/21)

Request

Please advise as of today’s date how many detective constables under or over strength you are compared to your workforce plans.

Response

As at 31st March, 844 FTE of posts labelled as Detectives existed while the force has a total of 1,448 accredited detectives. The reason for this discrepancy is that a number of areas do not label their posts as Detective although there is a requirement for some or all of the officers to be accredited detectives.

We are currently working through a new model of establishment identification in order to be able to address this and report a more complete picture but this work is not yet complete.

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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