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Sharp fall in young police officers

The number of young police officers in England and Wales has fallen by nearly 50% in two years.

There were 9,088 officers aged under 26 in 2009-10 but only 4,758 in 2011-12, figures obtained by the BBC show.

Overall police numbers hit a nine-year low in 2012, due to tighter budget constraints slowing recruitment.

Helen Fawkes reports.

  • 13 Jan 2013
  • From the section UK
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