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When looking to buy a house in a certain area, researching the crime rates in that location may be an important consideration before taking the plunge on your mortgage. We looked into the latest police statistics to understand how many officers there are in the UK, how much money we’re spending on our police and which regions are the most protected. Click here to look closer at Liverpool crime statistics and Manchester crime statistics.
- The police budget for 2018/2019 was £11.3 billion, £281 million more than it was in 2017/2018.
- There are 43 police forces in England and Wales.
- Across these 43 police forces, 123,000 police officers are employed.
- There are 20,000 fewer police officers in 2019 than there were in 2009.
- The police force with the most officers per 100,000 people is the Metropolitan Police with 350 officers.
The police budget for 2018/2019 was £11.3 billion. This is a total of £281 million more than it was in 2017/2018. The force with the largest budget is the Metropolitan Police at almost £2.6 billion, which is understandable, as this budget covers all 32 London regions (apart from the City of London). The police force with the smallest budget is the City of London (The Square Mile).
|Metrpolitan Police (GLA)||£2510.8m||£2560.1m|
|Devon & Cornwall||£282m||£291.3m|
|Avon & Somerset||£273.7m||£281.7m|
|City of London||£56m||£56.9m|
|Total England & Wales||£11041.6m||£11323.4m|
Number of officers per year
The total number of police officers in the UK has been slowly falling since its relative peak in 2009. The number of police officers in 2019 (123,000) is 20,000 less than it was in 2009 (143,000). The 2019 figures do, however, show a small rise on the year before, when 122,000 officers were employed.
|Year||Total number of officers|
Officers per 100,000 people
The police force with the most officers per 100,000 people is the Metropolitan Police, which operates across all 32 London boroughs (excluding the City of London). At 350 officers per 100,000, this is more than double the area with the lowest ratio of police officers, which is Hampshire with 136 officers per 100,000 people. Explore the graphic and table below to find out how your region compares to the rest of the UK. The average figure across England and Wales is 208 officers per 100,000 people.
|Constituency||Police Officers||Population||Police per 100,000 population||Rank|
|Devon and Cornwall||3,000||1,762,400||170||21|
|Avon & Somerset||2,676||1,711,500||156||34|
|England & Wales||123,172||59,115,800||208||N/A|
Top 10 regions with the most crime
We looked at the latest statistics from the police to see which regions saw the most crimes in July 2019. The graphic below shows the regions with the most crimes. The Cities of London and Westminster had the most crimes at over 6,900. To see how all the regions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland rank, click on the “Table” tab below. You can search for your region in the search bar. Results are filtered by number of total crimes.
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