At 09:30 this morning the Home Office released the latest batch of data laying out the policing strength of England and Wales 31st March 2011 to 31st March 2012.
The headline figure is that the total manpower has dropped a further 5,000 officers since end of March last year, which in itself was approx 4,000 less than the year before. Hence we have already lost 9,000 officers across all ranks and forces in 2 years.
I have not yet had the opportunity to study these figures in any depth, but I have a copy of the raw data plus the accompanying report. If you would like to let me know your home force I will happily supply the information as it it applies to you. All of this data was released into the public domain this morning, so there is absolutely no problem with you having it and doing what you will with it.
Hopefully I will have the opportunity to study this info in greater depth over the next few days.