The police

Fact checks relating to the police, policing, funding of the police service and public perceptions of crime

13 March 2017

How many suspects are wanted by police?

We looked at how many people are wanted in relation to particular crimes in England and Wales.

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How many suspects are wanted by police?
3 March 2017

Police officer numbers have fallen

The number of police officers has dropped by 19,000 since 2010.

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Police officer numbers have fallen
3 March 2017

How many police forces are rated good or outstanding?

While it's true that two thirds of police forces across England and Wales were rated good or outstanding in 2016, only one was outstanding. The other 28 were rated good.

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How many police forces are rated good or outstanding?
19 October 2016

Fewer police cells are being used to hold people with mental health problems

Police cells are being used less often as a ‘place of safety’ under the Mental Health Act.

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Fewer police cells are being used to hold people with mental health problems
1 September 2015

Police numbers: back to the 1970s?

It's claimed spending cuts could mean 22,000 fewer police officers in England and Wales. Would that put police numbers at their lowest since the 1970s?

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Police numbers: back to the 1970s?
27 July 2015

How many deaths occur in police custody?

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced an independent review of deaths in police custody. We take a look at the latest figures.

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How many deaths occur in police custody?

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