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West Midlands

The West Midlands has 4 police forces that employ approximately 25,000 officers, staff and specials, approximately 10% of the police service. The four forces are: Staffordshire; Warwickshire; West Midlands; and West Mercia.

Within these forces, there is nearly 400 full-time equivalent forensic science staff. Commercial providers in the region include: forensic science Service (4 Locations); LGC Forensics Ltd.; Key Forensic Services Limited; Document Evidence Ltd.; and Scientifics Ltd.

There are 14 Drug Actions Teams, 4 Probation establishments and 12 Youth Offending Teams in the region.

47 Courts, of which 30 Magistrates’ Courts, 3 Crown and 14 County Courts are in the region. They employ 2,300 full-time equivalent staff.

The region has 13 prisons operated by HM Prison Service, which employ approximately 5,260 full-time equivalent staff.

The West Midlands has 5 fire and rescue services.

The West Midlands has 4 Area Offices that employ 870 full-time equivalent staff. The four offices are: Staffordshire; Warwickshire; West Midlands; and West Mercia.

Source: Skills for Justice LMI March 2010