Maria Miller MP has welcomed the announcement that 456 police officers have been recruited in Hampshire since September 2019, bringing the total number of officers up to 3,277.
Newly released figures show that 456 police officers have been recruited in Hampshire as part of the Government’s pledge to put 20,000 more officers on the streets by March 2023. Since the recruitment drive was launched in 2019, the 43 police forces across England and Wales have seen an additional 13,790 police officers recruited
Maria said: “It is very good news that we are getting so many additional Police Officers. The addition of these new officers brings the total number of police across Hampshire to 3,277 police officers meaning there are now more frontline officers on our streets to keep the public safe.”
The latest figures are part of the Government’s drive to get 20,000 more police officers on the street by March 2023. 69% of the target has now been met.
Across the 43 police forces, an additional 13,790 officers have been recruited bringing the total number of police officers in England and Wales to 142,759 – where they are already having an impact in tackling crime and keeping communities safe.
In the past year, police in England and Wales have removed 16,000 dangerous weapons from our streets through stop and search, disrupted over 600 organised crime groups, and made over 8,000 arrests as a result of a national crackdown on County Lines drug dealing.
The Government has increased police funding to £15.8 billion and is investing £150 million through the Safer Streets Fund over the next three years into community projects to prevent crime – with a focus on neighbourhood crime, anti-social behaviour, and violence against women and girls.
Home Office figures show 13,790 extra police officers have been recruited nationally in Q2 2022 (Home Office, Official Statistics, 27 July 2022, link).
Home Office figures show 456 extra police officers have been recruited in Hampshire since September 2019 (Home Office, Official Statistics, 27 July 2022, link).
More than four in ten new police recruits are women and nearly 12 per cent are from an ethnic minority. Female officers accounted for 42.4 per cent of new joiners between since April 2020 and 11.7 per cent (who stated their ethnicity) identified as ethnic minorities (Home Office, Official Statistics, 27 July 2022, link).
The Government has promised to recruit 20,000 extra police officers by 2023. The police recruitment drive is the biggest in decades and follows the Prime Minister’s commitment to increase police numbers over the next 3 years (Home Office, News Story, 5 September 2019, link).
The Government is giving neighbourhoods the money they need to ‘target harden’ their homes and streets through the Safer Streets Programme, making it harder to commit crimes. £150 million is being invested through the Safer Streets Fund over the next three years into community projects to prevent crime – with a focus on neighbourhood crime, anti-social behaviour, and violence against women and girls (Home Office, News Story, 25 July 2022, link).