North Wales Police are being bolstered by 99 more police officers, meaning that there are now more frontline officers on our streets to keep the public safe! This is part of the nearly 9,000 police officers that have been recruited as part of the Conservative Government’s campaign to recruit an additional 20,000 officers by March 2023.
This means the target for year one of the recruitment push – to recruit 6,000 officers by March 2021 – has been dramatically exceeded, with nearly 45 per cent of the 20,000 already recruited by forces. The new figures have also confirmed that every single force across England and Wales has met or exceed their recruitment targets. 139,000 people have applied to join the police since the start of the recruitment programme. Analysis of diversity data shows that there are now 10,218 officers from a Black Asian and Minority Ethnic background – the highest number on record.
In addition to recruiting 20,000 additional police officers, the Conservative Government is supporting the police with the powers they need to crack down on crime, including through introducing the landmark Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – which will give the police additional powers to get knives off the streets, a £636 million funding boost for police forces this year, and a new police covenant – which will enhance support and protection for frontline police officers.
Getting more police officers onto our streets is one of my priorities, as I know how important safe streets are to people across Wrexham. As such, I am delighted that this Conservative Government is delivering on these promises.
Every one of these officers will make an enormous difference in helping to cut crime and keep people safe – and I know that many more will follow as this People’s Government continues to deliver on its promise to recruit 20,000 more over the next three years. Indeed, by backing our police with the funding, powers and resources they need, we are also keeping the public and our communities safe, so that people everywhere can live their lives free from the fear of crime.
Today, Priti Patel wrote about the increase in police numbers and how we are delivering on the people's priorities in ConservativeHome.
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