“Just look at the last seven [years of Conservative government]... Fewer police on the beat.”
- The number of police officers in England and Wales fell by just under 19,000 between September 2010 and September 2016.
- This relates to the number of full time equivalent officers (or how many there would be if you added up all their hours to make full time roles).
- The number of police officers in England and Wales is around the level it was at in 2000 (that’s if we look at how many police officers there were in March last year, which lets us compare further back in time).
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