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 this peak, the number of police officers fell each year up until 2018. Numbers have since risen and, at 31 March 2021, there were around 160,000 police officers operating within the United Kingdom. This was an increase of 3% compared to the number of police officers operating in 2003, but 7% fewer than in 2010.

England & Wales: on 31 March 2021, there were 135,301 police officers in England and Wales compared with 129,110 on the 31 March 2020 (Excluding British Transport Police and Central Service Secondments).

Scotland: on 31 June 2021, there were 17,289 police officers in Scotland compared to 17,273 on 31 June 2020.

Northern Ireland: at the beginning of September 2021, there were 6,962 police officers in Northern Ireland compared to 6,917 in July 2020. 

  


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