Figures show an extra 9,814 police officers have been recruited as Boris launches the Beating Crime Plan.
The government is nearly half-way to delivering on its pledge to put 20,000 additional officers on the streets by 2023, figures released today (28 July) show.
An extra 9,814 police officers have been recruited across all 43 police forces in England and Wales, where they are already having an impact in tackling crime and keeping communities safe.
The latest figures follow the launch of the government’s Beating Crime Plan yesterday (27 July), aimed at reducing crime, protecting victims and making the country safer.
The plan includes ensuring each neighbourhood has named, contactable police officers, who know their area and are best placed to ensure that persistent crime and anti-social behaviour is tackled – a pledge made more possible by the increase in police numbers.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
The new recruits are already having a positive impact in forces across England and Wales. For example, the increase in numbers will allow Kent Police to send more officers into schools and educational settings to speak to pupils and intervene early and prevent crime.
The recruitment drive is also helping to make police more representative of the communities they serve. More than 6,000 (6,033) female officers have been recruited since April 2020, making up more than 4 in 10 (42%) new recruits.
There are also more black, Asian and other ethnic minorities employed as officers across forces than at any other time in the country’s history, making up 11.3% (1,557) of the new recruits.
Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council said:
Jo Noakes, Director of Workforce Development at the College of Policing, said:
Yesterday, the Prime Minister hosted a reception at No 10 Downing Street for police officers involved in the recruitment campaign and who have responded to COVID-19 to thank them for their efforts.
Today the Prime Minister attended the opening of the new Police memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The new UK Police Memorial honours the courage and sacrifice of all those from across the police service who have dedicated their lives to protecting the country.
The ceremony was attended by hundreds of guests including Prince Charles, dignitaries, senior politicians, representatives from all police forces across the country, policing charities and the families and friends of officers killed on duty.
Anyone interested in applying to their local force can search ‘Join the Police’ to find out more.
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