||<p>The Home Office collects and publishes statistics on the number of police officers
employed by each police force in England and Wales on a bi-annual basis. These data
are published in the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletins.
The Home Office does not collect information on the number of posts available.</p><p>Detailed
data on the number of officers in post, broken down by rank, gender and ethnicity
are collected and published on an annual basis only. The requested data, representing
the picture as at 31 March 2016, can be found in the attached Table_D1 accompanying
the main release here:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-31-march-2016"
for previous years can be found in the Open Data Tables, available here:</p><p><a
Government has made it easier than ever before for the public to hold their PCC and
chief constable to account over how diverse their force is compared to the local population.
Police.uk now gives access to diversity data for officers and police staff, and the
profile of BME and female officers by police rank, in comparison to the local force
area population. We are in regular discussion with the College of Policing, who are
leading work with chief constables and others to improve senior police recruitment.</p><p>The
Government’s direct entry schemes at Inspector and Superintendent ranks help to attract
the most talented people into policing, bringing in fresh experience, diversity and
perspectives. Of the 40 inspectors and superintendents who have started the scheme
so far 43% have been women and 13% were from an ethnic minority background. Chief
Constable appointments have also been opened up to those with equivalent experience