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Reservists (14046/19)


Over the past five years the Ministry of Defence have increased the recruitment of Reservists to support the Regular Armed Forces.  We had not realised that there are a considerable number of reservists in the UK Police Forces.

Please may we ask you to supply the number of Reservists (Army, Navy and Royal Air Force) in your constabulary at the present time.

This information would only be included in a research paper to be submitted to the Parliamentary Defence Select Committee.


Please find attached our response.

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.