Police officer recruitment drive launched

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid meets police recruits Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Images

A national campaign to recruit 20,000 extra police officers has been launched.

The Chancellor promised £750 million to fund the first year of the project,during which it is hoped 6,000 new officers will be put in place.

Sajid Javid said in his spending round on Wednesday an extra £45 million would be spent this year to recruit the first 2,000 police officers by the end of March.

A Home Office campaign, urging would-be recruits to "be a force for all", was launched on Thursday - featuring serving police officers, whose images will appear on billboards and digital displays in shopping centres and railway stations across England and Wales.

The Government has also produced a radio advert and launched a website which directs people to the recruitment pages of local forces.

The recruitment drive was one of Boris Johnson's key Tory leadership campaign promises, and the Prime Minister has since said the goal will be achieved within three years.

But while the pledge has been widely welcomed, there has been criticism over cuts which saw officer numbers slashed by around 20,000 after 2010 and there have been warnings about the time it takes to train new recruits.

The Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents rank and fileofficers, has previously said that "undoing years of damage inflicted on thepolice service" could not be achieved with a "quick fix" .

National Police Chiefs' Council chairman Martin Hewitt said: "This net increase in officers will help us provide a better service to the public, reducecrime, and ease the unprecedented pressure on our people."

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid meets police recruits Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Images

Lincolnshire Police has announced it is recruiting 400 police officers over the next two and a half years – the force's biggest ever recruitment drive.

Lincolnshire Police Assistant Chief Officer Andrew White said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to join an organisation where you really can have a job for life. The opportunities are endless within Lincolnshire Police.

"As a new recruit you will participate in a 21 week training programme, then you’ll be with a tutor for 10 weeks, and then you’re out independently enforcing the law and protecting the public in Lincolnshire.

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South Yorkshire Police also announced their intentions to recruit 220 additional officers over and above those retiring or leaving for other reasons.

These intentions now sit alongside HM Government’s recent pledge to fund the recruitment of an additional 20,000 officers across England and Wales.

Chief Constable Stephen WatsonSouth Yorkshire Police said:

"The bottom line is this: if you are a person of the right calibre, with the right values and a strong sense of public duty, then we will be able to provide you with fantastic opportunities."

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