• July 3, 2015


The Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales, Tom Winsor, has responded to our query re police civilianisation sent in the wake of a document seeking views on same from the Isle of Man DHA.

The data link provided is quite useful although the amount of material (covering a reasonable window of time) is extensive. What is clear is that overall bothpolice and support staff numbers in England and Wales have declined exponentially as civilianisation has been rolled out.

This would seem to confirm our contention that civilianisation/privatisation in the UK was driven more by ideological imperatives rather than to improve policing.

The Celtic League is grateful for the prompt reply from HMCIC Winsor which is set out in full below (note a slight typographical error in relation to the web link provided has been corrected):

“26th June 2015

Dear Mr Moffatt

Thank you for our letter of 6 June 2015. Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying.

HMIC was created in 1856. Our main role is to inspect police forces in England and Wales and to report on their efficiency and effectiveness. We are also responsible for inspecting the Isle of Man Constabulary, although we have not done so in recent years.

Our monitoring and inspection activity is not concerned solely with the effect of civilianisation on the police.

The Home Office compiles statistics on the numbers of police officers, police staff, police community support officers, designated officers, traffic wardens and special constables in the 43 police forces of England and Wales and the British Transport Police. The most recent statistics, from September 2014, can be found at:

[Link in letter.]

I hope you will find this information helpful for your response to the consultation.

Sir Thomas Winsor

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary”

Other related links at the Celtic News archive here:

Mann: DHA Provide Detailed Clarification to League Queries

More Bad News for DHA over Privatisation Strategy

Mann: DHA Face Pitfalls on the Road to Police Privatisation

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League


(Please note that replies to correspondence received by the League and posted on CL News are usually scanned hard copies. Obviously every effort is made to ensure the scanning process is accurate but sometimes errors do occur.)


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