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Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 March 2016


31 March 2016


An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Subject: Crime and Justice Coverage: Scotland

Date: 3 May 2016

The publication file (.xlsx) is available to download here.

Statistical News Release available here.

Police Scotland’s sub-national breakdown available here.




  • There were 17,317 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 March 2016.

  • This is an increase of 1,083 FTE police officers (+6.7%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.

  • Police officer numbers have increased by 53 FTE officers (+0.3%) in the last quarter from 31 December 2015, and have increased by 22 FTE officers (+0.1%) in the last year from 31 March 2015.


Chart 1 - Total number of Police Officers (Full-time Equivalent) in Scotland, 2007-16



The statistics in this release are based upon quarterly returns made by Police Scotland to the Scottish Government, and are a by-product of administrative processes, generated directly from HR systems. The published police officer figure is sourced from Police Scotland’s personnel records and as such the quality and reliability is good.

The next edition in the series, Police Officer Quarterly Strength Scotland, 30 June 2016, will be published on Tuesday 2 August 2016.