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.
Data source: Home Office, 2021
- Adjusting for population change, the number of police officers in England and Wales now is less than in 31 of the past 40 years
- Chart: Cuts to officer numbers still being felt in some forces
- Chart: Police are arresting half as many people as a decade ago
- Chart: Police cuts haven't hit everywhere equally
- Chart: Over 13 years, basic police pay has fallen by 22% in real terms