Local MP welcomes Hundreds More Police Officers to Local Force
Aylesbury MP Rob Butler has welcomed the announcement that more than 250 new officers have joined Thames Valley Police since the Government launched its major recruitment drive over a year ago.
A total of 6,620 extra officers have joined police forces across England and Wales, with the latest local recruits bringing the total number of officers across Thames Valley Police up to 4,250.
“The recruitment of hundreds of new police officers in Thames Valley demonstrates the Government’s commitment to keeping the local community safe, clamping down on crime and taking a tough line on anti-social behaviour. This all helps to make Aylesbury an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.
“I’m extremely grateful to all the police officers and staff working across the Aylesbury Vale who serve and protect our communities every single day, particularly whilst facing the added challenges of coronavirus.”
Today’s announcement means the Government is on target to meet its manifesto commitment of recruiting an extra 20,000 officers nationwide by 2023, already beating its pledge of 6,000 officers by March this year.
Alongside the recruitment campaign, the Government has announced the second round of the Safer Streets Fund, backed by funding of £20 million, to crack down on neighbourhood crimes that blight local communities.
Other steps to support frontline police officers include a £636 million funding boost for police forces this year, bringing the total for police funding up to £15.8 billion, and boosting police pay by 2.5 per cent, equivalent to a constable receiving an extra £1,100.
The Government also plans to enshrine a new police covenant into law, which will offer enhanced support and protection for frontline officers.
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, said:
“I am determined to make our streets safer, which is why I am delighted we have beaten our 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.”