The number of traffic officers has fallen by a third in ten years, an investigation reveals.
Cuts to the number of dedicated police traffic officers have worsened in the past five years, with numbers falling 24 per cent since 2012, while overall the number is down 30 per cent since 2007.
In 2007 there were 3,766 traffic officers in the forces which responded to a Freedom of Information request. In 2012 that figure stood at 3,472. By 2017 it had dropped to 2,643.
Greater Manchester Police traffic officer numbers dropped 69 per cent in the past ten years (241 to 75), Nottingham shire’s fell 56 per cent (138 to 61), while the West Midlands cut numbers by 52 per cent from 384 to 186.