The number of police officers under the age of 26 has plummeted by almost half in the last two years.
In 2009-2010 there were 9,088 young officers working in England and Wales but this number had dropped to 4,758.
The sharpest drops of nearly two-thirds were reported by police in Cleveland, north Wales and Staffordshire, according to figures obtained by a BBC Freedom of Information request.
In 2012 overall policing numbers hit their lowest in nine years, with around 10,000 fewer officers than two years ago following budget cuts which have slowed recruitment.
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