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Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics, 31 December 2015

Published: 2 Feb 2016 10:08
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An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Police officer numbers are 1,029 higher than in March 2007, maintaining the Scottish Government's commitment to 1,000 more officers.

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 17,263 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 December 2015.
  • This is an increase of 1,029 FTE police officers (+6.3%) from the 16,234 police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.
  • Police officer numbers have increased by 3 FTE officers in the last quarter from 30 September 2015, and have increased by 10 FTE officers in the last year from 31 December 2014.

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.