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Police officer numbers at lowest since 2001

The number of police officers in England and Wales is at its lowest since 2001, according to Home Office figures.

As of September 30 2014, there were 127,075 officers across the 43 forces - down 1,295 or 1.0% on the previous year, the figures showed.

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Police officers at lowest number since 2001

The number of police officers in England and Wales is at its lowest since September 2001 Credit: PA Wire

The number of police officers in England and Wales is at its lowest since September 2001, according to figures released by the Home Office.

As of September 2014, there were 127,075 officers across the 43 forces - down 1,295 or 1.0% on the previous year.

The figures showed police officer numbers have fallen for each of the last five years, but had seen a smaller fall in each of the last three successive years.

Meanwhile the number of police staff also fell to 63,678 in 2014, a fall of 1,023 or 1.6% compared to a year earlier.

And the number of PCSOs fell by 785 or 5.8% to 12,768 in comparison to 2013, the figures showed.

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