Lord Birt – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Home Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lord Birt on 2015-11-24.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers there are in the UK per million of population; and what the comparable figures are for (1) France, (2) Germany, and (3) Italy.

Lord Bates

The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers per 100,000 population in England and Wales as part of the annual ‘Police Workforce, England and Wales’ statistical release. The latest published figures are as at 31 March 2015. These figures can be found in table 4 of the data tables published alongside the release:


As at 31 March 2015, there were 223 FTE police officers per 100,000 population in England and Wales. This excludes the British Transport Police and Central Service Secondments.

The Home Office does not hold comparable data for Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Germany or Italy.