Scottish Policing Performance Framework Annual Report 2010-11

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2.11 - Number of Special Constables and the hours they are on duty

Table 2.11.1 - Number of Special Constables within a force

YearCentralDumfries & GallowayFifeGrampianLothian & BordersNorthernStrathclydeTaysideScotland
2007-08118951361521712373231761,408
2008-09971051371811822194551991,575
2009-10971221351791661745732031,649
2010-11901301281971701386281721,653

Table 2.11.2 - Total number of hours Specials Constables are used

YearCentralDumfries & GallowayFifeGrampianLothian & BordersNorthernStrathclydeTaysideScotland
2007-0818,88914,52518,40729,34013,98523,44633,23127,814179,637
2008-0918,12816,98915,79828,52529,14318,37945,70232,424205,088
2009-1018,20417,95013,79131,35730,04616,67550,28935,123213,435
2010-1112,25321,96116,43434,19830,84021,46452,64032,804222,594
  • The number of Special Constables in Scotland has increased for the third year in a row, although only marginally so in the latest year. Since 2007-08 the number of Special Constables has increased by 17.4% and it has increased by 0.2% since 2009-10.
  • Four of the forces reported an increase in the number of Special Constables and the remaining four a decrease. The largest increase was reported in Grampian Police, where were was an increase of 10.1%. Northern Constabulary reported the largest decrease of 20.7%.
  • Over the four year period from 2007-08 to 2010-11 five of the eight forces have seen their number of Special Constables fall, with the largest drop being of 41.8% reported by Northern Constabulary. Over the same time period the number of Special Constables working for Strathclyde Police has almost doubled with an increase of 94.4%.
  • With the exception of Central Scotland Police and Tayside Police, all forces have seen the total hours Special Constables were on duty increase when compared to 2009-10. In Scotland as a whole Special Constables were on duty 42,957 more hours in 2010-11 than 2007-08 and 9,159 hours more than in 2009-10.
  • Northern Constabulary reported the largest increase in the average number of hours Special Constables were on duty between 2009-10 and 2010-11, an increase of 60 hours per Special Constable. Central Scotland Police reported a reduction of 52 hours in the average number of hours Special Constable were on duty over the same time period.
  • In 2010-11, Special Constables in Tayside Police completed the highest average number of hours on duty with 191 hours per Special Constable. Special Constables in Strathclyde Police were on duty for the lowest average number of hours in 2010-11 at 84 hours. Nationally, Special Constables were on duty for an average of 135 hours in 2010-11.