As well as recruiting new police officers we are making sure they have the backing they need to protect us.

Things like extending stop and search - where we’ve empowered more than 8,000 police officers with enhanced powers as part of our efforts to crack down on violent crime.

We’re also giving police forces £10 million in additional funding to significantly increase the number of officers carrying a Taser.

We will back our police by equipping officers with the powers and tools they need to keep themselves and all of us safe, including tasers and body cameras. We will put the Police Covenant into law to ensure they have the support they need.

Police will be empowered by a new court order to target known knife carriers, making it easier for officers to stop and search those convicted of knife crime.

Anyone charged with knife possession will appear before magistrates within days not weeks. Those who use a knife as a weapon should go to prison.

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