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Since 2010 frontline police officers figures are 14% lower than 2010 when there were 143,734 police officers, representing a decrease of 20,564

The number of police officers in England and Wales is the lowest recorded level since 1983

In 1983 though there was 1 police officer per 469 people. Now it is a ratio of 1:563

Between March 2010 and March 2017 police support staff fell by 84,000 to 67,000 a drop in staff of 17,000

There has been some recovery in support staff with the difference between 2010 and March 2019 standing at 14,000

Police officers are covering support staff activities exacerbating officer shortages

If all the areas of Police work are taken into consideration, including special constables and Police Community Support Officers then the overall loss in the force is 45,000 from 244,497 in 2010 to 199,752

The Police Force has seen a 19% cut in funding since 2010

Central government cuts were 30%, with council tax taking up more of the funding share

The lack of funding for forces is a vicious circle as they are less able to deal with crime, meaning repeat crimes

Funding has been reduced in other areas, such as youth clubs, probation services and with the growth of serious poverty increasing crime and police workload

In August 2019 Boris Johnson pledged to increase Police numbers by 20,000 in 3 years

This target only applies to frontline officers and does not deal with the 14,000 support staff that have been lost since 2010

The attrition rate for officers over 3 years is on average 21,0000. The additional officers promised would only mean numbers would stand still

To expand the number of police officers back to the 2010 numbers the police force will need to recruit a further 40,000+ officers over the next 3 years

Support staff would also have to be increased to support the additional officers. There are no plans to increas support staff

The Home Office has admitted it does not know how much the scheme will cost or where the money will come from

It is also unclear how 20,000 more officers will be accommodated following the closure of 600 stations since 2010


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