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Members of the Special Constabulary (3409/19)


Will you please provide me with the number of members of the Special Constabulary, grade by grade, at the end of each of the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 

Will you also please give me the same information as at the end of 2013; thank you.


Please find enclosed our response.

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.


Rank 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Grand Total
Chief Officer         1 1 2
Deputy Chief Officer         1 1 2
Police Specials Assistant Chief Officer 1 1         2
Police Specials Chief Officer     1 1     2
Police Specials Deputy Chief Officer 1 1         2
Special Constable 503 405 312 246 154 121 1741
Special Inspector   10 11 9 11 10 51
Special Sergeant     31 30 24 22 107
Grand Total 505 417 355 286 191 155 1909

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