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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 17,234 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 December 2020
police officer numbers decreased by 15 FTE officers (-0.1%) in the last quarter from 30 September 2020
police officer numbers decreased by 25 FTE officers (-0.1%) in the last year from 31 December 2019
this is an increase of 1,000 FTE police officers (+6.2%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007
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, 31 March 2021, will be published on Tuesday 4 May 2021.
The publication file (.xlsx) is available to download below.