Number of police officers in the UK 2019 by police force

London's Metropolitan Police is by far the largest police force in the United Kingdom with over 31.1 thousand officers in 2019. With approximately 17.25 thousand officers, the Scottish police has the second largest force in terms of officers numbers, followed by Northern Ireland at 6.7 thousand. The West Midlands police force which has just under 6.5 thousand officers is responsible for the urban area surrounding the large city of Birmingham and was the fourth largest police force in this year.

Number of police officers in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019 by police force

Number of police officers
Metropolitan Police (London)31,175
Scotland17,251
Northern Ireland6,716
West Midlands6,495
Greater Manchester6,444
West Yorkshire5,137
Thames Valley4,149
Kent3,553
Merseyside3,396
Northumbria3,081
Essex3,071
Devon & Cornwall3,000
South Wales2,986
Lancashire2,895
Hampshire2,697
Avon & Somerset2,676
Sussex2,629
South Yorkshire2,370
Hertfordshire2,009
Cheshire2,006
West Mercia1,989
Nottinghamshire1,936
Humberside1,889
Surrey1,882
Leicestershire1,829
Derbyshire1,767
Norfolk1,609
Staffordshire1,567
North Wales1,458
Cambridgeshire1,447
North Yorkshire1,377
Gwent1,308
Dorset1,223
Northamptonshire1,187
Suffolk1,172
Bedfordshire1,164
Cumbria1,160
Dyfed-Powys1,145
Durham1,118
Lincolnshire1,096
Gloucestershire1,073
Wiltshire992
Warwickshire817
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Source

Release date

October 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 31, 2019

Supplementary notes

* Metropolitan and City of London police combined.

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