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Officer / Staff Numbers (275A/24)


  1. Number of people in your police force.
  2. Number of people who have joined your force each year for the past 10 years.
  3. Number of people who have retired from your force each year for the past 10 years.
  4. Number of people who have resigned (for reasons that are not retirement) from your force each year for the past 10 years.
  5. Number of police officers who have gone on mental health related leave (e.g. stress), or who have been taken off frontline duty for mental health reasons, from your force each year over the past 10 years.
  6. Total funding your force has received each year for the past ten years.
  7. What administrative duties do police officers have and when do they differ between roles? Have there been any changes of frontline police officers’ administrative duties (for example but not limited to; paperwork, case preparation) over the past ten years? What were these changes? When were they implemented?


Please find attached our response in relation to questions 1 – 5.  Regarding question 6, under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The information you requested is available on the following website: Budget – West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner (  Question 7 does not relate to recorded information and therefore is not valid under the FOI Act.

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.