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Police strength hit by long term absentees and wastage rate

5,000 long term absentees add to 7% wastage rate, new figures show.

New officers at a recent Essex passing out parade. So far this year it has recruited 360 officers, the equivalent of almost one new officer per day.

New officers at a recent Essex passing out parade. So far this year it has recruited 360 officers, the equivalent of almost one new officer per day.

Date - 18th November 2019
By - Gary Mason
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Excluding absent staff, there were 118,456 full time police officers in the 43 police forces across England at Wales at 31 March 2019, the fifth lowest figure since 1981, according to a House of Commons briefing paper published last month. The...
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