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Police Officer Quarterly Strength Scotland, 31 December 2018


31 December 2018


An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Subject: Crime and Justice Coverage: Scotland

Date Published: 5 February 2019

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

Statistical News Release available here.

Police Scotland’s sub-national breakdown available here.



·    There were 17,175 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 December 2018.

·    Police officer numbers have increased by 27 FTE officers (+0.2%) in the last quarter from 30 September 2018.

·    Police officer numbers have decreased by 81 FTE officers (-0.5%) in the last year from 31 December 2017.

·    This is an increase of 941 FTE police officers (+5.8%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.

Total number of Police Officers (Full-time Equivalent) in Scotland, 2007-18


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 of the Scottish Government “Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 March 2019”, will be published Tuesday 7 May 2019.