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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22324: Rona Mackay (Strathkelvin and Bearsden)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the most recent figures for the number of (a) police officers and (b) prison service staff per 100,000 people in (i) Scotland and (ii) England and Wales.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 3 April 2019

The most recent comparable figures on the number of (a) police officers and (b) prison service staff per 100,000 population for (i) Scotland and (ii) England and Wales are reported as at the 30 September 2018 in the following tables.

Table (a): Number of full time equivalent police officers per 100,000 population, 30 September 2018

Police Force

Total Number of
Police Officers

Number of Police Officers
per 100,000 population

Scotland 1

17,147

316

England & Wales 1

122,787

209

 

Source: Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, Police workforce England and Wales statistics and Population estimates for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: mid-2017.

1. To ensure comparability the figures exclude officers working for the British Transport Police.

Table (b): Number of full time equivalent prison staff per 100,000 population, 30 September 2018

Prison Service

Total Number of
Prison Staff

Number of Prison Staff
per 100,000 population

Scotland 1

4,261

79

England & Wales 1,2

39,266

67

 

Source: Scottish Prison Service Quarterly Submission, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service workforce statistics and Population estimates for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: mid-2017.

1. Includes staff in both operational and non-operational roles.

2. To ensure comparability with Scotland the figures for England and Wales do not include

Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service staff working in Probation related functions.