The Government has announced that policing will receive up to £15.8 billion in 2021-22 – an increase of £636 million on last year. The settlement includes over £400 million to recruit 20,000 extra police officers by 2023. Hampshire is set to receive an additional £21 million in its funding next year, as part of Government’s increase to police budgets.
The Government has been determined to support the police throughout the coronavirus pandemic, providing £30 million to help forces step up coronavirus enforcement as officers have worked tirelessly to keep communities safe.
Maria said, “Officers and staff in Hampshire have been instrumental in keeping our community safe this year, and I pay tribute to them for their hard work and professionalism.
“I welcome announcement of an additional £21 million next year, an election promise to get more officers onto the streets, to ensure our police have what they need and build back safer as we recover from coronavirus.”
Home Secretary, Priti Patel said: “We have asked more of the police than ever before during the coronavirus pandemic – the British people and I are extremely grateful for their dedication.
“I am absolutely committed to giving the police the resources they need – this funding package delivers on that.
“It will allow us to continue to put more police on the streets, and reduce crime as we build back safer from the pandemic.”