Crime and Justice Statistics

PoliceWithin the Justice Analytical Services Division, statisticians work within two policy-focused, multi-disciplinary analytical teams which include social researchers, economists and performance analysts. The teams provide statistical information and support relating to police and community safety, court affairs and offenders, prisons and matters relating to civil and international law. Further details can be found in the latest Justice Analytical Services Division Analytical Programme 2014-15.

You may browse directly our Publications or Datasets lists for specific information, or use the High Level Trends below to view a brief overview of some of our key statistics. Further information on High Level Trends can be accessed via the About Statistics section.

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Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2013-14 - Update on Publication Date

On 22 May 2014, a ScotStat notice informed users that "Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2013-14" would be published in October 2014, to allow quality assurance, analysis and report writing to take place over the summer.

Users will also be aware, from the ScotStat notice issued on 26 September 2014, that the UK Statistics Authority has published an assessment report on Recorded Crime in Scotland and that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) were conducting a crime recording audit.

It is important that the results from the forthcoming HMICS Crime Audit report are reflected in the analysis and presentation of the "Recorded Crime in Scotland" bulletin, to ensure we can most clearly interpret and explain the data and its associated quality reporting. The HMICS Crime Audit report is due to be published in mid November 2014.

The statistical bulletin "Recorded Crime in Scotland 2013-14" will not now be published until after mid November 2014.

Upon publication of the HMICS Crime Audit report, an assessment will be made on the time needed to incorporate these findings into the "Recorded Crime in Scotland" bulletin. An exact publication date for “Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2013-14” will be announced following this exercise.

Statistics Topic

Featured High Level Trend


Firearm Certificates in Scotland

There were 26,101 firearm certificates on issue at the end of March 2014, an increase of less than half of 1% from the 26,020 firearm certificates on issue at the end of 2013.

There were 49,165 shotgun certificates on issue at the end of March 2014, an increase of 1% from the 48,779 shotgun certificates on issue at the end of 2013.


High Level Summary of Equality Statistics

Equality trends for Crime and Justice can be accessed at the Evidence Finder Equality Grid in the Crime and Justice section.

A full set of data extracts for each equality strand are available for:

Age | Disability | Ethnicity
Gender | Religion | Sexual Orientation


Crime and Justice statistics in more detail

Recent statistical publications on Crime and Justice, including background information, and other selected sources.

Background data and associated tables are available in Excel format for selected statistics.

Consultation - ScotStat
Consultation and planning arrangements for Crime and Justice statistical collections.

Related Areas and Links
Associated areas on the Scottish Government website, and other key links for further information.

Our contact information.