Chris Nelson has welcomed the increase in police officers announced for Gloucestershire. 

Gloucestershire Constabulary will be able to recruit 46 new police officers, which will increase their officer numbers by 4% for recruitment in 2020-21.

The Home Office confirmed that South West police forces will be able to recruit 423 new officers overall in the first wave of a 20,000 increase over the next three years.

Government funding for recruitment will cover all associated costs, including training and kit.

Chris said: "These 46 police officers are just the first tranche of extra officers promised by the government. The next tranches will follow after the Police and Crime Commissioner elections next May.

“If elected, I promise to work with all Conservative MPs in the county to build on this good start and deliver double the 150 extra officers expected, increasing our force by 300 officers.

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