The Home Office has announced targets for the first wave of police officer recruitment as part of the unprecedented drive to increase their ranks by 20,000 over the next three years.
The Government has made strengthening police numbers a priority and has provided £750 million to support forces as they look to recruit up to 6,000 additional officers by the end of next year and 20,000 by the end of 2022.
The Metropolitan Police force will look to bring in the largest number of new officers with a target of 1,369, followed by 366 in the West Midlands and 347 in Greater Manchester.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The public are clear they want to see more police officers on their streets, whether they live in the city or the countryside.
“This is the people’s priority and it is exactly what the Government is delivering. Every single police force in England and Wales will be able to recruit additional officers this year to help keep all of our communities safer.”
All officers recruited as part of the 20,000 uplift will be on top of those hired to fill existing vacancies. They are also on top of the extra officers already being recruited because of the £1 billion increase in police funding for 2019-20.
Government funding for recruitment in 2020-21 will also cover all associated costs, including training and kit.
Forces have already started accelerating their recruitment already recruiting and the website for the campaign, ‘Be a Force for All’, has been visited more than 215,000 times so far.
John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “Investment in policing is long overdue and for the first time we now have the actual number of officers each local force will increase by in the next year.
The full list of first-year targets for police forces can be found at http://bit.ly/2ORCI0p