Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 March 2019
7th May 2019
Scotland's Chief Statistician today published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland.
The key findings of the statistics are:
There were 17,251 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 March 2019.
Police officer numbers have increased by 77 FTE officers (+0.4%) in the last quarter from 31 December 2018
Police officer numbers have increased by 81 FTE officers (+0.5%) in the last year from 31 March 2018
This is an increase of 1,017 FTE police officers (+6.3%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007
The figures released today were produced by professionally independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics.
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Motorists face roadside drugs test. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed Police Scotland's preparations for the introduction of new drug driving laws on 21 October.
Police officers in the Highlands and Islands will start using mobile devices as part of their operational duties which will increase their visibility within local communities. Officers will be able to access a wide range of police systems while out on duty without the requirement to return to a police station and log on to a computer.
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A multi-agency operation aimed at removing abandoned and untaxed vehicles from the roads of Caithness has led to 27 vehicles being clamped or seized. Police Scotland officers have worked with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Highland Council Environmental Health officers during the three day operation running from Monday, April 15 until Wednesday, 17 April 2019.
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