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Police officer quarterly strength statistics: 2 August 2022

Statistics on police officer quarterly strength, which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland.

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Scotland’s Chief Statistician has 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 16,610 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 30 June 2022
  • police officer numbers decreased by 195 FTE officers (-1.2%) in the last quarter from 31 March 2022
  • police officer numbers decreased by 679 FTE officers (-3.9%) in the last year from 30 June 2021
  • this is an increase of 376 FTE police officers (+2.3%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007

Shows the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed since 2007. They increased from 16,234 in Q1 of 2007 to 17,496 in Q1 of 2013 where it peaked then decreased to 16,610 in Q2 of 2022. The lowest recorded number was 16,222 in Q1 of 2008. The numbers were relatively consistent, remaining above 17,100 between Q2 of 2009 and Q4 of 2021.

The statistics in this release are based upon quarterly returns made by Police Scotland to the Scottish Government, and are a by-product of live administrative processes, generated directly from the HR systems. The data return provides a snapshot of police strength at the end of the quarter. The published police officer figures are sourced from Police Scotland’s personnel records and as such the quality and reliability is good.

The next edition in the series, Police Officer Quarterly Strength Scotland, 30 September 2022, will be published on Tuesday 1 November 2022.

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