Home Office written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Louise Ellman Louise Ellman Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Riverside

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officer posts (a) have been removed since 2010 and (b) are planned to be introduced each police force in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of police officer posts removed from 2010. Police workforce data is collected annually on joiners and leavers and can be found in police workforce statistics which are available via: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-31-march-2019

The Government has announced the police officer recruitment targets for police forces across England and Wales in the first year of the drive to increase ranks by 6,000 by March 2021, and an unprecedented 20,000 over the next three years. The information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-office-announces-first-wave-of-20000-police-officer-uplift

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