This website is no longer being updated. Please go to GOV.SCOT

Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 December 2013


31 DECEMBER 2013


An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Subject: Crime and Justice Coverage: Scotland

Date: 4 March 2014

The publication file (.xlsx) is available to download at: POQS2013Q4PUB.xlsx

A link to the Statistical News Release is available at:

A link to Police Scotland’s sub-national breakdown is available at:

Main Findings

  • There were 17,258 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 December 2013.
  • This is an increase of 1,024 FTE police officers (+6.3%) from the 16,234 police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.
  • Police officer numbers have decreased by 56 FTE officers in the last quarter from 30 September 2013 (-0.3%), and have decreased by 178 FTE officers in the last year from 31 December 2012 (-1.0%).

The figures released today were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.