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04/06/13 09:45

Police officer quaterly strength statistics

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by the eight Scottish police forces, Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and the Scottish Police Services Authority.

The key findings of the statistics are:

  • There were 17,496 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 March 2013.
  • This is an increase of 1,262 FTE police officers (+7.8%) from the 16,234 police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.
  • Police officer numbers have increase by 60 FTE officers in the last quarter from 31 December 2013 (+0.3%), and have increased by 60 FTE officers in the last year from 31 March 2012 (+0.3%).

These will be the last statistics reflecting the previous policing structures. The Police Service of Scotland and Scottish Police Authority went live on April 1 2013, replacing the previous 10 policing organisations in Scotland.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff.



Notes to editors

The full statistical publication can be accessed here.

The first publication of police quarterly strength statistics as Official Statistics was on 2 December 2008. Prior to this publication, figures were collated by the Scottish Government and released through responses to Parliamentary Questions and by depositing the figures in the Scottish Parliamentary Library.

Further information on Crime and Justice statistics within Scotland can be accessed here.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed here.