George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has today welcomed the newly released figures showing that 192 new officers have been recruited as part Government’s pledge to put 20,000 more officers on the street by 2023.
Across England and Wales, 9,814 police officers have been recruited since the recruitment drive was launched in September 2019 meaning the Government is almost halfway to delivering on its manifesto promise of an additional 20,000 officers to help tackle crime and keep our communities safe.
The recruitment drive is also helping to make police more representative of the communities they serve. Morethan6,000female officers have been recruited since April 2020, making up more than four in ten of all 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 over one in ten of the new recruits.
The latest figures follow the launch of the Government’s Beating Crime Plan–aimed at reducing crime, protecting victims and making the country safer.
Following the release of these new figures George commented, “Since the last election in 2019, we have made great progress in recruiting more police offices to help keep our communities safe.
“The 192 extra police officers for Devon and Cornwall help to cut crime, keep neighbours secure, and reassure the law-abiding majority that they are safe. This confirms the government’s commitment to making our streets safer.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel also added, “It is fantastic that we are well on track to meet our target of recruiting 20,000 extra police officers by 2023. These 9,814 officers are already making a difference in neighbourhoods up and down the country, bearing down on criminals and keeping people safe.
"This increase in police numbers and the Beating Crime Plan we launched yesterday show the Government’s determination to back the police, give them the powers they need to take away knives, shut down drug gangs and protect communities and vulnerable people from harm.”