The strength of Canadian police forces has remained constant for years, even as crime rates fall steeply, data released by Statistics Canada shows. Canada has had just under 70,000 police officers since 2009, a number that has grown slowly from about 50,000 in the mid-1980s. Year after year, however, there have been fewer crimes for them to investigate. In 1986, there were 44 Criminal Code incidents per police officer, a number that has fallen steadily over the years, to 26 in 2014.

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