United Kingdom: Total police officer strength in the United Kingdom increased year on year between 2003, when there were 155,000 officers, and 2010, when there were just over 171,600. Since 2010 the number of police officers has fallen each year except in the last. At 31 March 2020 there were just over 153,000 police officers operating within the United Kingdom. This was a reduction of 5% compared to 2004; a decrease of 10.6% from 2010 but a rise of 2.1% from 2019.

England & Wales: on 30 September 2020, there were 135,783 police officers in England and Wales compared with 128,149 on 30 September 2019 (Including Central Service Secondments (CSS) and British Transport Police (BTP))

Scotland: on 31 December 2020, there were 17,234 police officers in Scotland compared with 17,259 on 31 December 2019.

Northern Ireland: at the beginning of January 2021, there were 6,969 police officers in Northern Ireland compared to 6,917 in July 2020.


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