Click 'Accept all cookies' to agree to all cookies that collect anonymous data.
To only allow the cookies that make the site work, click 'Use essential cookies only.' Visit 'Set cookie preferences' to control specific cookies.
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 17,259 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 December 2019
Police officer numbers increased by 3 FTE officers (+0.02%) in the last quarter from 30 September 2019
Police officer numbers increased by 84 FTE officers (+0.5%) in the last year from 31 December 2018
This is an increase of 1,025 FTE police officers (+6.3%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007
Total number of Police Officers (Full-time Equivalent) in Scotland, 2007-19
The statistics in this release are based upon quarterly returns made by Police Scotland to the Scottish Government, and is 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 2020, will be published on Tuesday 5 May 2020.
The publication file (xls) is available to download below.