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North West

The North West has 5 police forces that employ approximately 33,500 officers, staff and specials, approximately 13% of the police service. The five forces are: Cheshire; Cumbria; Greater Manchester; Lancashire; and Merseyside.

Within these forces, there is nearly 650 full-time equivalent forensic science staff. Commercial providers in the region include: forensic science Service (3 locations); and LGC Forensics Ltd (2 locations).

There are 22 Drug Actions Teams, 5 Probation establishments and 15 Youth Offending Teams in the region.

The North West has 72 Courts, of which 42 Magistrates’ Courts, 4 Crown and 26 County Courts. They employ 3,340 full-time equivalent staff.

The region has 14 prisons operated by HM Prison Service, which employ approximately 5,920 full-time equivalent staff. In addition, there is one privately operated prison.

The North West has 5 fire and rescue services.

The North West has 5 Area Offices that employ 1,240 full-time equivalent staff. The five offices are: Cheshire; Cumbria; Greater Manchester; Lancashire; and Merseyside. Additionally, the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office employs 323 staff, which are split between London and Manchester. The North West is the second largest region behind London.

Source: Skills for Justice LMI March 2010