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Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 December 2016


31 DECEMBER 2016


An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Subject: Crime and Justice Coverage: Scotland

Date Published: 7 February 2017

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

Statistical News Release available here.

Police Scotland’s sub-national breakdown available here.



  • There were 17,256 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 December 2016.

  • This is an increase of 1,022 FTE police officers (+6.3%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.

  • Police officer numbers have increased by 12 FTE officers (+0.1%) in the last quarter from 30 September 2016, and have decreased by 7 FTE officers in the last year from 31 December 2015.


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 March 2017, will be published on Tuesday 2 May 2017.