British policing will receive up to £15.8 billion to build back safer and cut crime, the government have announced today (Thursday 17 December).
The 2021 to 2022 funding package will include over £400 million to recruit 20,000 extra officers by 2023, building on the success of the first year of the recruitment campaign – which has already delivered almost 6,000 additional police officers.
Alongside getting more officers out on the street, the funding settlement will enable policing to tackle serious violence and increase the number of specialist officers tackling terrorism and serious organised crime, including child sexual abuse and drug trafficking.
The 2021 to 2022 funding package means an increase of up to £636 million on last year, should PCCs take full advantage of police precept flexibility.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
Funding for Counter-Terrorism policing will total up to £914 million, including money for armed policing and more officers. In addition, Counter-Terrorism policing will receive £32 million to establish a new Counter-Terrorism Operations Centre to keep the country safe from a range of threats.
The government also recognises that, during the coronavirus pandemic, huge demands have been made of the police. They say this is why they have provided additional support throughout, including £30m of surge funding to help forces step up COVID-19 enforcement activities in 2020 to 2021, and why it reimbursed all additional personal protective equipment (PPE) purchased between March and July.
Huge demands have also been made on the public, the vast majority of whom have been following the rules to help keep everyone safe. A statement from the government says: “Just as police will continue to enforce the regulations, the public should continue to do their bit to stop the spread of the virus.”
The publication of the provisional funding settlement opens a period of consultation. The final police funding settlement will be debated in Parliament ahead of the new financial year.