PCC candidate says new recruits should be used to reinforce neighbourhood policing teams, with a focus on tackling anti-social behaviour
Gloucestershire has been bolstered by 91 extra police officers since the government launched a major recruitment drive over a year ago, new statistics show.
It brings the total number of police across Gloucestershire to 1,252, meaning there are now more frontline officers on our streets to keep the public safe.
A total of 6,620 additional officers have joined police forces across England and Wales, including 406 in the South West.
It means the government remains fully on track to meet its manifesto commitment of recruiting 20,000 extra officers by 2023 – and has hit the target of 6,000 by March 2021 well ahead of schedule.
Chris Nelson, the Conservative candidate to be Police and Crime Commissioner in Gloucestershire, said: “It is great that the government-funded police officer uplift is increasing the strength of our local force.
“These 91 extra officers should be used to reinforce neighbourhood policing teams so we can tackle the 13% rise in the latest crime figures for the county.
“With over 90 crime hotspots needing urgent attention, we’ll effectively have an extra officer for each one!
“In particular, we need more focus dealing with the rate of anti-social behaviour, which over the last few years has consistently been at least 30% higher than the national average.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am determined to make our streets safer, which is why I am delighted we have beaten our own target to recruit 6,000 additional police officers by March 2021.
“Many of these new officers are already on our streets helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic, and for that they get my huge thanks.
“These new officers, on top of further funding to tackle crimes such as burglary, robbery and vehicle crime, will ensure the police have the powers, tools and resources they need to cut crime and make you feel safer in your community.”