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PPU Staff (22217_18)


Please provide me with the number of officers who are working within your Public protection unit please give me these numbers per team in the years between 2013 – 2018. Within this, please specify how many are restricted or on maternity leave as I want a realistic indication of the available workforce in this unit.


Please also provide me with the figures for the number of officers from the Public protection unit that have been off with stress within this time period (2013-2018)


How many qualified specially trained officers (STOs) there are on each Domestic Abuse team? Please give me the figures between 2013 – 2018 and specify how many within each team are not working due to restricted/maternity/sick leave



Please find attached  our response. In addition, there are a few things to note regarding this particular request:



  • Figures are provided by Function rather than individual team due to volume of small teams with team names that would have very little meaning


  • Functions have not been changed to map against current build e.g. Domestic Abuse largely came under Adult Investigation in early years but cannot be directly mapped across so it does not show in figures until April 2015


  • Restrictions have not been included in data. This is because where the question asks about individuals not in work due to restrictions. Restrictions data is about what they can do when in work and a posting should be aligned to those restrictions (e.g. a PPU officer who has a restriction stating that they can’t work nights is capable of performing all PPU roles)


  • All figures are as at 1st April each year with the exception of stress related sickness which shows all individuals who were off sick during the course of that financial year


  • Whilst Police Officer numbers have fallen in particular during the last year, this is largely due to a programme of workforce mix where some officer investigator posts that did not require warranted powers have been converted to police staff posts. As at 1st April 2018 there had been 43 police staff investigators appointed



Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.


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.