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Met faces lowest staffing levels in decade, says Sir Mark Rowley

Met Manpower Part 2 Staffing Levels

Last updated on June 13th, 2024 at 11:01 pm

Last updated on June 13th, 2024 at 11:01 pm

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I have posted twice recently about the changing size and profile of the Metropolitan Police. I’m not one of Sir Mark Rowley’s fans, but I do want to agree with his comments on staffing levels.  If you haven’t already read them, and want to, you can find them here and here.

Unfortunately, at face value, I cannot yet totally agree with him, something doesn’t quite add up.

There is absolutely no doubt that his intentions, in this matter at least, are honourable, but I can’t make sense of the evidence he puts forward to substantiate his claims.  He will have access to far more recent info than I, whereas I have to really on the most recent published data from the Home Office and MOPAC.

The Metropolitan Police is heading for its lowest staffing levels in a decade by March 2025, Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has warned.

Britain’s biggest police force has seen a shortfall partly due almost exclusively to inadequate funding and low recruitment, according to Sir Mark.

Sir Mark wrote:

“By March 2025, there will be 310 police officers per 100,000 Londoners.

“In March 2012, this was at 350 police officers. This position is projected to worsen and trend towards our lowest point of the last decade.

“This is being driven in part by inadequate funding and by low recruitment over recent years due to the rising cost of living in London relative to other parts of the UK, and other challenges.”

When it comes to the number of officers per 100,000 head of population I really don’t know where he gets his numbers from. Whilst his point is vald, it bears little resemblance to the published Home Office data.

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per 100k
per 100k


As for total staffing levels in the Met, I certainly recognise the picture he is painting, and Sir Mark most certainly has access to far more up-to-date data than I do.

From the most recently published data from MOPAC the picture looks like this;

Total Strength (Police Officers)Staffing Levels
Total Strength (Police Officers)

The situation according to the Home Office is this;








Staffing LevelsIn conclusion, I can’t help but agree with Sir Mark’s concerns, many of us have said similar, albeit I can’t quite agree his numbers.

The most recent Leavers vs Joiners data is shown below, and there is no sign that the situation will resolve itself any time soon.

Staffing Levels
Joiners vs Leavers


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