An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.
Police officer numbers are 1,083 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 17,317 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 March 2016.
- This is an increase of 1,083 FTE police officers (+6.7%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.
- Police officer numbers have increased by 53 FTE officers (+0.3%) in the last quarter from 31 December 2015, and have increased by 22 FTE officers (+0.1%) in the last year from 31 March 2015.
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 full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland as at 31 March 2016, and directly informs the Government's ongoing commitment to 1,000 extra police officers from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.
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: