Mayor answers to London

Special Constables

Question number3150/2010
Meeting date13/10/2010

Question by Dee Doocey

For each calendar month April 2009 to the present please can you provide the following:

• The number of applications to become Metropolitan Special Constables

• The number of Metropolitan Special Constables entering service

• The number of Metropolitan Special Constables leaving service

• Of those Metropolitan Special Constables leaving service, the number who have left to become regular police officers

Answer by Boris Johnson (1st Term)

The table below shows Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) numbers April 2009 to September 2010. Please note that there is a time lag between the receipt of applications and conversion into an MSC joiner of approximately six months. The wastage data category includes the effects of ongoing data cleanse activity, which removes individuals who are no longer active MSC members. The average length of service for an MSC officer is currently around 3 years, which is in line with the average for volunteering.

Month Applications to join MSC MSC Joiners MSC Leavers MSC leaving to become PCs

April 2009 399 19 49 10

May 2009 626 50 72 7

June 2009 671 80 44 13

July 2009 453 66 54 3

August 2009 601 76 51 5

September 2009 700 78 50 2

October 2009 723 155 61 1

November 2009 608 210 38 1

December 2009 483 0 35 0

January 2010 870 130 51 0

February 2010 917 95 57 1

March 2010 947 221 62 14

April 2010 957 66 47 0

May 2010 893 216 36 3

June 2010 1,103 238 52 14

July 2010 1,067 203 43 0

August 2010 818 72 33 0

September 2010 1,318 268 61 0

Total 14,154 2,243 896 74

Main question

Dee Doocey