Chart: Police cuts still being felt in most forces

The government this week announced that almost 9,000 police officers had been recruited in England and Wales as part of a plan to increase police numbers by 20,000 by 2023. But in many parts of the country there are still fewer officers than a decade ago – six forces have lost more than a fifth of officers compared to 2010.

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Data source: Home Office, 2021

Matt Ashby
Matt Ashby
Lecturer in Crime Science

I am a lecturer in crime science at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London (UCL). I am interested in crime analysis – particularly how crime concentrates in time and space – in crime prevention and in transport crime.