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CIPFA Police Actuals Statistics

March 2002

This booklet contains information both financial and non-financial for forces covering 2000/01. Where data are unavailable figures in the summary tables have been adjusted to provide a more realistic position. This has been achieved by adjusting last years figure's according to the general trend shown by authorities of the same class returning data for the 2000/01 actuals.


Excluding capital charges, the total gross expenditure of police authorities in England and Wales amounted to 8,310 million in 2000/01, an increase of 509.7 million over 1999/2000, which represents a percentage increase of 6.5%. Details showing the breakdown of expenditure are provided in Table 1. The five year trend is shown in Table Six on page 5.

Subjective Analysis of Expenditure
Pay, pensions and other employee expenses dominate service costs, accounting for 80.0% of gross expenditure during 2000/01. This is demonstrated by the proportional breakdown of gross expenditure in Figure One.

Staff Costs as a proportion of Gross Expenditure
The majority of expenditure (51.8%) is funded by Home Office Grant. Figure Two analyses sources of income.

Breakdown of Sources of Police Funding

Police Officers accounted for 68.6% of service staff at 31st March 2001. Overall, forces strength increased by 1,356 (1.1%) in the period 31 March 2000 to 31 March 2001. Table Two shows that only London has seen a percentage fall, decreasing its numbers by 636 (2.4%).

Police Officer Staffing
Support staff numbers increased by 877 (1.6%) in the period 31 March 2000 to 31 March 2001, reflecting the emphasis being placed on civilianisation of tasks previously undertaken by police officers. Table Three shows only London decreased in numbers, 745 (6.4%).

Support Staffing
Recorded crime since April 1998 is not directly comparable with previous years because of the change in definition of a notifiable offence. Minor criminal damage (valued at 20 or under) is now included within the definition. New instructions regarding clear up rates were introduced on 1 April 1999, thus making comparisons with previous years rates inadvisable. Detections obtained from the interview of a convicted prisoner are no longer included and any detections where no further police action is taken, generally have to be approved by a senior officer before inclusion.

Notifiable Offences
Five Year Trends

Table Five shows the total notifiable offences for England and Wales over the past five years and the respective clear-up rates.

Serious Crime
Table Six shows net requirement broken down according to type of force for the last 5 years.

Total Net Requirement
N.B. Historical figures (1996/97 to 1999/2000) differ from previous publications due to the inclusion of contributions, bringing them into line with this year's data.

March 2002

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