ONE AREA of Berkshire has seen the number of police areas patrolling its streets more than double in the decade.
That’s one revelation from figures published by Thames Valley Police showing how police numbers have changed in the past ten years.
Data published by the force indicates the number of police officers by local policing area (LPA), with figures starting from March 2010 and ending at March 2020.
Of the five LPAs in Berkshire, three saw an increase in police officers designated to a particular part of the county.
These were Bracknell and Wokingham, Reading, and West Berkshire.
West Berkshire saw the biggest rise with 107 extra police officers added from 2010 to 2020, a surge of 184 per cent.
The other two, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead, saw a drop in the past decade.
Slough now has 36 fewer officers than it did a decade ago, a decline of 16 per cent.
The data comes following a Freedom of Information response from Thames Valley Police.
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