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Police: Employment

Question for Home Office

UIN HL993, tabled on 10 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police constables 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) Total officer numbers are collected and published twice each year covering the situation as at 31 March and 30 September. Data covering officer rank, however, is collected only once and covers the situation as at 31 March. The number of police constables (full time-equivalent, FTE) in the 43 territorial England and Wales forces as at 31 March 2019 is provided in the table below:

Constables, England and Wales
As at 31 March 2019

Force

Constables

Avon & Somerset

2,115

Bedfordshire

917

Cambridgeshire

1,155

Cheshire

1,549

Cleveland

941

Cumbria

885

Derbyshire

1,399

Devon & Cornwall

2,228

Dorset

924

Durham

859

Dyfed-Powys

841

Essex

2,425

Gloucestershire

793

Greater Manchester

4,960

Gwent

1,036

Hampshire

2,080

Hertfordshire

1,565

Humberside

1,495

Kent

2,811

Lancashire

2,257

Leicestershire

1,404

Lincolnshire

800

London, City of

535

Merseyside

2,621

Metropolitan Police

24,235

Norfolk

1,237

North Wales

1,104

North Yorkshire

1,057

Northamptonshire

896

Northumbria

2,413

Nottinghamshire

1,516

South Wales

2,271

South Yorkshire

1,860

Staffordshire

1,186

Suffolk

920

Surrey

1,387

Sussex

2,072

Thames Valley

3,204

Warwickshire

614

West Mercia

1,497

West Midlands

5,101

West Yorkshire

4,164

Wiltshire

754

Total

96,084

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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