Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland: 30th June 2017

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Police officer numbers are 1,015 higher than in March 2007.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland.

The key findings of the statistics are:

  • There were 17,249 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 30 June 2017.
  • This is an increase of 1,015 FTE police officers (+6.3%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.
  • Police officer numbers have decreased by 7 FTE officers in the last quarter from 31 March 2017, and have increased by 7 FTE officers in the last year from 30 June 2016.

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 Official Statistics.


The full statistical publication can be accessed at:


The quarterly bulletin reports the number of police officers employed by Police Scotland as at 30 June 2017.

Further information on Crime and Justice Statistics can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/Publications

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:


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