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Police: Employment

Question for Home Office

UIN HL992, tabled on 10 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many full-time police officers there were in each police force area in England and Wales in 2019.

Answered on

24 June 2021

The Home Office collects and publishes data on the size and composition of the police workforce in England and Wales on a biannual basis in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, available here: Police workforce England and Wales statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The latest officer numbers were released in the publication covering the situation as at 30 September 2020. Data covering the situation as at 31 March 2020 and previous years are available in open data format here: Police workforce open data tables - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The number of police officers (full time-equivalent, FTE) in the 43 territorial England and Wales forces as at 30 September 2019 is provided in the table below.

Police Officers, England and Wales
As at 31 March, 2019

Force

FTE

Avon & Somerset

2,691

Bedfordshire

1,191

Cambridgeshire

1,490

Cheshire

2,010

Cleveland

1,226

Cumbria

1,174

Derbyshire

1,800

Devon & Cornwall

2,999

Dorset

1,229

Durham

1,125

Dyfed-Powys

1,141

Essex

3,187

Gloucestershire

1,119

Greater Manchester

6,539

Gwent

1,294

Hampshire

2,666

Hertfordshire

2,030

Humberside

1,901

Kent

3,548

Lancashire

2,898

Leicestershire

1,803

Lincolnshire

1,076

London, City of

753

Merseyside

3,588

Metropolitan Police

30,940

Norfolk

1,644

North Wales

1,505

North Yorkshire

1,433

Northamptonshire

1,255

Northumbria

3,084

Nottinghamshire

1,925

South Wales

2,995

South Yorkshire

2,394

Staffordshire

1,579

Suffolk

1,180

Surrey

1,899

Sussex

2,647

Thames Valley

4,206

Warwickshire

945

West Mercia

2,129

West Midlands

6,405

West Yorkshire

5,168

Wiltshire

975

Total

124,784

While the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin remains the key measure of the size of the police workforce, as part of the Police Officer Uplift Programme, the Home Office also publishes a quarterly update on the number of officers (headcount) in England and Wales. Data are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/police-officer-uplift-statistics

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