Following an public freedom of information request, traffic police have decreased almost by a third in a decade.
The freedom if information request was compiled by 30 forces. In 2007, the 30 police forces had 3,766 traffic officers, which fell to 3,472 in 2012. In 2017 this number dropped significantly to 2,643 officers. The overall figure is down 30 per cent compared to 2007.
There has been a sharp reduction in officers between 2012 and 2017, brought forward by policing budget cuts.
If you think this is bad, Northamptonshire Police had an 83 per cent drop in its traffic officer ranks over the last ten years, with just nine dedicated officers compared to 52 a decade ago!
Select areas in the UK have increased numbers though – Hertfordshire (up 44%), Northumbria (up 32%), West Mercia (up 26%), Surrey (up 14%) and Sussex (up 11%).
Tough times ahead? You decide.