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West Yorkshire police numbers down.

THE number of police officers in West Yorkshire has fallen by a fifth since police cuts began.

In September 2015 the force had 4,588 officers, down 20.9% from 5,800 in September 2009, one of the biggest falls in England and Wales with a loss of 1,212 officers over the past six years.

However, the force has lost more than a tenth of its Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in a year, with numbers down 11% from 649 in September 2014 to 578 in September 2015.

In September 2015, forces across England and Wales had 125,185 officers, down 13.3% from 144,353 in September 2009, a loss of 19,169 officers over the past six years.

Between September 30, 2014 and September 30, 2015 there were reductions across all worker types in the combined 43 police forces in England and Wales.

There was a decrease of 1.5% in the number of police officers since September 30 2014.

The number of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) has seen the biggest decrease in 10 years, down 7.5% from 12,770 in September 2014 to 11,809 in September 2015.

Across the 43 police forces in England and Wales, police officer numbers have fallen for each of the last six years since 2009.

For the three years prior to September 2015 the size of the reduction in the number of police officers had been declining. However, for the first time since 2010, the size of the reduction in the number of officers is greater than the previous year.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 1, 2016
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