· Government is increasing funding for policing to almost £16 billion in 2021-22, up by £636 million from this year.

· Gloucestershire police is set to receive an additional £6.6 million as part of this settlement

· Funding will be used to increase police officer numbers and keep communities safe.

Gloucestershire police is set to receive an additional £6.6 million in its funding next year, thanks to the Conservative Government’s increase to police budgets.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced policing will receive up to £15.8 billion in 2021-22 – an increase of £636 million on this year.

This includes over £400 million to recruit 20,000 extra police officers by 2023, delivering on the promise made by the Conservatives in last year’s General Election. Gloucestershire Police has already benefited from an additional 70 officers.

The funding will also be used to bolster counter-terrorism policing, including money for armed policing and more officers.

The Conservative Government has been determined to support the police throughout the coronavirus pandemic, as officers have worked tirelessly to keep communities safe. The Government has provided £30 million to help forces step up coronavirus enforcement and has reimbursed forces for all additional PPE purchased between March and July.

Commenting, Chris Nelson, Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Gloucestershire said:

“Officers and staff at Gloucestershire Constabulary have been instrumental in keeping our community safe this year, and I pay tribute to them for their hard work and professionalism.

“I am delighted to see our police getting an additional £6.6 million next year. If elected next May, I have pledged to recruit 300 more officers and this extra investment keeps us on track to deliver that target. These extra officers will really help to reduce the unacceptable local crime rate and make Gloucestershire the safest police area in the whole country.”

 

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