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Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 March 2014


31 MARCH 2014


An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Subject: Crime and Justice Coverage: Scotland

Date: 6 May 2014

The publication file (.xlsx) is available to download at: POQS2014Q1PUB.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 17,244 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 March 2014.
  • This is an increase of 1,010 FTE police officers (+6.2%) from the 16,234 police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.
  • Police officer numbers have decreased by 13 FTE officers in the last quarter from 31 December 2013 (-0.1%), and have decreased by 252 FTE officers in the last year from 31 March 2013 (-1.4%).

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.