Police Officer Quarterly Strength statistics Scotland, 30 September 2018

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland's Chief Statistician has published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which give the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland.

The key findings of the statistics are:

  • There were 17,147 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 30 September 2018.
  • Police officer numbers have decreased by 25 FTE officers (-0.1%) in the last quarter from 30 June 2018.
  • Police officer numbers have decreased by 103 FTE officers (-0.6%) in the last year from 30 September 2017.
  • This is an increase of 913 FTE police officers (+5.6%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.

The figures released today were produced by professionally independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics.


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