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 2019 there were just over 150,000 police officers operating within the United Kingdom. This was a reduction of 3.3% compared to 2003; a decrease of 12.4% from 2010 but a rise of 0.4% from 2018.

England & Wales: on 31 March 2020, there were 132,392 police officers in England and Wales compared with 126,326 on 31 March 2019 (Including Central Service Secondments (CSS) and British Transport Police (BTP))

Scotland: on 31 March 2020, there were 17,431 police officers in Scotland compared with 17,251 on 31 March 2019.

Northern Ireland: at the beginning of July 2020, there were 6,917 police officers in Northern Ireland compared to 6,716 the previous year.


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