Chart: Cuts to officer numbers still being felt in some forces

The government plans to reverse their previous police cuts by recruiting 20,000 extra police officers between 2019 and 2023. But the funding for those officers isn’t spread evenly, meaning 18 forces now have more officers than in 2010 while eight forces still have at least 10% fewer officers than 12 years ago.

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The situation is different for police staff. Police staff do a variety of important roles in policing, from answering emergency calls and collecting forensic evidence to analysing intelligence information and managing detainees in custody. When forced to make cuts in the 2010s, most forces chose to reduce the number of support staff to maintain the number of police officers. The legacy of those cuts is still being felt: only eight forces have as many police staff now as in 2010.

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Data source: Home Office, 2022

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.

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