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Police officer quarterly strength statistics Scotland

Justice Directorate
Part of:
Law and order

Collection of statistics on the number of full-time equivalent police officers in Scotland.


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.

Please note that you can find older quarterly releases from September 2008 onwards in our archive of older publications.

Police officer quarterly strength statistics Scotland