The South West has 5 police forces that employ approximately 21,400 officers, staff and specials, approximately 9% of the police service. The five forces are: Avon and Somerset; Devon and Cornwall; Dorset; Gloucestershire; and Wiltshire. Gloucestershire Constabulary had 2-4% increase in the number of officers from 2007 to 2008.
Within these forces, there is nearly 400 full-time equivalent forensic science staff. Commercial providers in the region include: Mass Spec Analytical Ltd.; and Scientifics Ltd. (3 locations).
There are 15 Drug Actions Teams, 5 Probation establishments and 14 Youth Offending Teams operating in the region.
The South West has 63 Courts, of which 45 Magistrates’ Courts, 5 Crown and 13 County Courts. They employ 2,570 full-time equivalent staff.
The region has 14 prisons operated by HM Prison Service, which employ approximately 3,500 full-time equivalent staff. In addition, there is one private prison.
The South West has 6 fire and rescue services.
The South West has 5 Area Offices that employ 530 full-time equivalent staff. The five forces are: Avon and Somerset; Devon and Cornwall; Dorset; Gloucestershire; and Wiltshire.
Source: Skills for Justice LMI March 2010