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Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 30 September 2016




An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Subject: Crime and Justice Coverage: Scotland

Date Published: 1 November 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 17,245 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 30 September 2016.

  • This is an increase of 1,011 FTE police officers (+6.2%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.

  • Police officer numbers have increased by 3 FTE officers in the last quarter from 30 June 2016, and have decreased by 16 FTE officers (-0.1%) in the last year from 30 September 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 is a by-product of live administrative processes, generated directly from the HR systems. The data return provides a snapshot of police strength at the end of the quarter. The published police officer figures are 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, 31 December 2016, will be published on Tuesday 7 February 2017.