July 30, 2020
Over 4,300 police officers have joined the police since we launched our major recruitment drive in September 2019.
Over the past year, the police workforce has grown by 5%– the largest annual increase in officer numbers since 2003-04.
This confirms that we remain on track to deliver on our manifesto commitment to recruit 20,000 more police officers by 2023, and to have the first 6,000 in place by March 2021.
Getting more police onto our streets is one of the people’s priorities – and even in the face of unprecedented challenges, the People’s Government is continuing to deliver on our promise to keep the British people safe.
Since the start of the recruitment campaign, a total of 4,336 extra officers have joined police forces across England and Wales as a direct result of the recruitment drive.
These statistics confirm that the Government remains on track to hit its manifesto commitment of 20,000 extra officers by 2023, and that forces have successfully accelerated their recruitment plans to meet their target of 6,000 more officers by March 2021.
In total since 31 March 2019, the police workforce has grown by 5% – the largest annual increase in officer numbers since 2003-04 – with forces becoming more diverse and representative of the communities they serve, as a result of the highest proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic officers, as well as female officers, joining since records began.
The recruitment drive is at the centre of the Government’s commitment to back the police with more resources, powers and support to keep the public and their communities safe.
The Prime Minister throughout the General Election campaign made clear his goal to see more police on the beat and our streets safer.
After the figures were announced, the Prime Minister said:
“When I became Prime Minister I made a commitment to the police that they would always have my backing and we would recruit more officers, cut crime and make your streets safer.
“Just over one year on we are already delivering on our promise, with over 4,000 new officers already, meaning we’re ahead of track on our plans to recruit 20,000 in the next three years.
“As we’ve seen from the frontline response to the coronavirus, the work of each and every police officer helps to save lives and I would like to extend my gratitude to them, and to the new recruits, for joining the service and being a part of this heroic effort.”
The Home Secretary Priti Patel also said:
“We are delivering on the people’s priorities – putting more police officers on the streets to cut crime and keep us safe.
“Our brave police officers have gone above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic, clearly inspiring many others to join them.
“My support for them remains unwavering – they deserve our utmost gratitude and respect.”
Earlier this month, it was announced that police pay will rise by 2.5% this year, equivalent to a constable receiving an extra £1,100. That means officers receive an increase above inflation for the second year running, the largest pay rise in a decade.
The Government has also launched a targeted consultation for doubling the maximum sentence for assaults on emergency workers to two years, and has set out plans for a Police Covenant, focusing on physical protection, health and wellbeing and support for families.
Other steps to support our frontline officers include the £1.1 billion funding boost for the policing system this year – the biggest increase in a decade.
And we are delivering funding to equip over 8,000 more officers with Tasers, and expanding stop and search powers so that officers can keep themselves and the public safe.
Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:
“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”