How has your local police force changed since 2010?
In the past seven years England and Wales have lost over 45,000 police officers and staff – a 19% drop in the workforce.
You can see the figures for your local police force using UNISON’s new interactive map here. Using data published by the Home Office, the map details the changes to local police workforces in each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales since 2010.
The police workforce is made up of police officers and police staff who work in teams to keep communities safe. Cuts in numbers have affected both the numbers of police officers and police staff including police community support officers (PCSOs), and designated officers (like crime scene examiners, investigators, escort and custody officers) who have police powers. Neighbourhood policing has been cut twice as hard as the rest of the police service, with 40% of PCSO jobs lost since 2010. PCSOs made up two thirds of neighbourhood policing teams, so this has effectively removed visible policing and vital intelligence-gathering from many communities.