Sharp fall in young police officers

Police numbers are falling in England and Wales, with a drop of nearly 10,000 officers from 2009-10 to 2011-12. But it's the proportion of young officers that has fallen most dramatically - the number under 26 is down by nearly 50%. A slowdown in recruitment is one of the main causes. To see the figures for your area use the map and chart below.

Percentage change in the number of police officers under 26, from 2009-10 to 2011-12

  • % change
  • Up by 0-10%
  • Down by less than 40%
  • Down by 40-49%
  • Down by 50-59%
  • Down by 60-69%
  • Down by 70% or more

Age of police, past three years

Under 26 26 - 40 41 - 55 Over 55
  • 2009-10

  • 2010-11

  • 2011-12

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The FOI data in full

DownloadPolice figures: Age breakdown for all the forces in England and Wales[38kb]

About the data: Figures include officers who may be part time. They are provisional and have not been verified by forces. They were obtained from the Home Office under the Freedom of Information Act. This data is calculated on a headcount basis rather than the full-time equivalent figures which are also used to measure police forces.

Graphic produced by: John Walton, Ransome Mpini and Helene Sears

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