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Police: Employment

Question for Home Office

UIN HL995, 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 2020.

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 2020 is provided in the table below:

Police Officers, England and Wales
As at 30 September, 2020

Force

FTE

Avon & Somerset

2,886

Bedfordshire

1,300

Cambridgeshire

1,597

Cheshire

2,131

Cleveland

1,373

Cumbria

1,229

Derbyshire

1,861

Devon & Cornwall

3,197

Dorset

1,268

Durham

1,168

Dyfed-Powys

1,183

Essex

3,318

Gloucestershire

1,200

Greater Manchester

6,965

Gwent

1,340

Hampshire

2,812

Hertfordshire

2,152

Humberside

2,005

Kent

3,836

Lancashire

3,031

Leicestershire

2,053

Lincolnshire

1,073

London, City of

811

Merseyside

3,659

Metropolitan Police

33,177

Norfolk

1,684

North Wales

1,587

North Yorkshire

1,513

Northamptonshire

1,343

Northumbria

3,309

Nottinghamshire

2,077

South Wales

3,081

South Yorkshire

2,574

Staffordshire

1,681

Suffolk

1,240

Surrey

1,993

Sussex

2,799

Thames Valley

4,415

Warwickshire

1,034

West Mercia

2,256

West Midlands

6,846

West Yorkshire

5,391

Wiltshire

1,019

Total

132,467

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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