Force loses more than 100 officers in the past year

Posted on July 21, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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DEVON and Cornwall Police has lost 109 officers in the past year, new figures show.

There are now 2,959 officers in the force, compared to 3,562 in 2009. That’s 603 fewer.

Nationally, there are now 124,066 police officers in England and Wales – 2,752 fewer than the previous year.

In 2009 there were 144,353 police officers in England and Wales. There are now 20,287 fewer.

The police workforce statistics, published on 21 July, showed that 4,735 officers joined the 43 police forces in England and Wales in 2015/16, accounting for 3.8% of all officers.

This represented a fall from the previous two years.

The proportion of officers leaving the police, excluding transfers, in 2015/16 was 5.5%, higher than the previous year and continuing the upward trend seen since 2009/10.

5.9% of all officers were Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) as at 31 March 2016, a higher proportion than any of the previous ten years. 12.1% of joiners were BME, compared with 4.4% of leavers.

28.6% of all officers were female, again the highest proportion in the last ten years. 31.2% of joiners were female, while 22.8% of leavers were.