Track your police workforce

How has your local police workforce changed since 2010?

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England and Wales have lost over 45,000 police officers and staff since 2010, a 19% drop in the workforce.

Meanwhile, violent crime is on the rise and forces are struggling to respond to demand due to budget cuts, recent reports from the Office for National Statistics and police watchdog HMIC have found.

But what does that mean for your community?

UNISON has investigated the drop in staff in each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

The police workforce is made up of police officers and police staff who work in teams to keep communities safe.

Police staff make up 40% of the total police workforce and carry out both operational and supporting roles.

Police staff include police community support officers (PCSOs), and designated officers (like crime scene examiners, investigators, escort and custody officers) who have police powers.

All these categories of police staff, as well as police officers, have suffered big cuts in numbers since 2010. UNISON is the biggest union for police staff, with 34,000 of these staff in membership.

About the data

All police workforce data used is published by the Home Office and represents the workforce on 31 March for each year.

The data for the City of London have been added into the data for London Metropolitan to represent the police workforce in proportion to the population of London.

Some police forces count designated officers as PCSOs.

Cleveland: in 2010 key police services were privatised and 470 of the 820 police staff at the force transferred to private company Steria. The transferred staff no longer show in the Home Office data.

Lincolnshire: in 2012 key police services were privatised and 544 of the 813 police staff at the force transferred to private company G4S. The transferred staff no longer show in the Home Office data.

Words and code by Rosa Ellis, for UNISON.