More than 400 have left the police corps since 2013
Three recruitment drives yield 314 new recruits
The police corps has seen 407 members leave its ranks over the past four years, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela told parliament this evening.
Answering a number of questions by shadow minister Beppe Fenech Adami, Mr Abela said the rank of police members who quit since March 2013 included constables, sergeants, sergeant majors, inspectors, superintendents, assistant commissions, deputy commissioners and commissioners.
The minister said that 83 members were re-instated.
Mr Abela also said that there were 38 members of the corps who left before completing their 25 years of service. These were four in 2013, three in 2014, 14 in 2015 and 17 last year.
Police have held a recruitment round in each of the past three years, parliament was told. In 2014, 78 men and 35 women (113 in total) were recruited, followed by 116 (91 men and 25 women) in 2015 and 120 (92 men and 28 women) in 2016.