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08 April 2016 – 1156.2015-16 – Freedom of information request – Number of police officers, stations and Ministerial visits


  1. How many of the police officers in your force area work on the operational frontline? How many were on the operational frontline on January 1st 2012?
  2. How many police stations have closed in your area since you took office?
  3. Could you provide details of how often Home Office ministers have made an official visit to you in your capacity as Police and Crime Commissioner? Specifically, I would like to know the date of the visit, who the minister was, and what was the official purpose of that visit.


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  1. Please see the table below which illustrates the count of police officers who worked in operational & operational support roles, on 01 January 2016 as compared to 01 January 2012;
  2. 01 January 2012 01 January 2016
    Operational Police Officers 1427 1352

    When the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) took up office the number of officers stood at 1,392. The Police Authority aimed to reduce Police Officer numbers in North Yorkshire from 1,392 to 1,270, however this decision was subsequently overturned by the PCC and Chief Constable.

    North Yorkshire Police are to launch a two year recruitment drive designed to boost Police Officer numbers to 1400. The plan also includes the aim to increase the numbers of Police Community Support Officers from 183 to 200. Please follow the hyperlink below to see the published article;

  3. Please find below the number of police stations which have opened and closed within North Yorkshire since the date that the Police & Crime Commissioner took office on 22 November 2012;
  4. Stations closed

    Name of Police Station Postal Address Date closed
    Clifford Street Police Station Clifford Street, York May 2014
    Clifton Moor Police Office Stirling Road, Clifton Moor, York April 2013
    Great Ayton Police Office Guisborough Road, Great Ayton March 2013

    Stations opened

    Name of Police Station Postal Address Date opened
    Filey LPO Filey Local Police Office, The Evron Centre, John Street, Filey May 2013
    North Street Police Station North Street Police Station, Mill House, North Street, York May 2014
  5. Zero. There have been no Home Office Ministerial visits to the Police and Crime Commissioner in her capacity as Police and Crime Commissioner.

    The Police and Crime Commissioner does however meet Ministers from various Government Departments from time to time in the course of her work.

Please note that systems used for recording information are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. It should be noted therefore that this force’s response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other responses you may receive.