Police Officer Numbers

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The number of police officers in the MPS has been declining month on month since May 2010. In May 2010 we had 33,147 officers in London, we now have 30,465*. That is a loss of 2,682 officers. What are you doing to arrest this continual decline? *Feb 2013 figures,


Answer for Police Officer Numbers

Answer for Police Officer Numbers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response from the Mayor 09 September 2013

The 2013 - 16 budget provides for phased growth in police officer numbers from the current strength to 31,200 by 31 March 2014 and then to around 32,000 by March 2015. This will be supported by a drive to recruit around 5,000 officers beginning this year. Along with changes to rank mix, this will ensure that we can keep officer numbers high and deliver on the pledge to boost neighbourhood teams by 2,600 officers.