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Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 December 2017


31 DECEMBER 2017


An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Subject: Crime and Justice Coverage: Scotland

Date Published: 6 February 2018

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 2017.

  • 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 6 FTE officers in the last quarter from 30 September 2017, and have not changed in the last year from 31 December 2016.

Total number of Police Officers (Full-time Equivalent) in Scotland, 2007-17


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 2018, will be published on Tuesday 1 May 2018.