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Here's how many new police officers will be taken on in Wales

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Police recruitment targets for every force in England and Wales have been announced by the government as part of its pledge to hire 20,000 new officers.

In the first wave of the roll-out, the Home Office will provide £750 million to support 43 forces to recruit up to 6,000 new officers by the end of 2020-21.

Home Secretary Priti Patel met officers from Kent Police as the targets were announced Credit: PA Images

For Wales, Dyfed Powys Police would look to recruit 42 officers in the first year.

Chief Constable Mark Collins from the force said, “We welcome today’s Home Office announcement. We are in a really good position as a force and have a contingent of future officers who have already gone through the recruitment process and are ready and waiting to join us.

"We look forward to deploying them into the areas where we know they’ll make the biggest difference, as early as January."

Gwent Police and North Wales Police's target is an additional 62 and South Wales Police's is 136.

Chief Constable of South Wales Police Matt Jukes said the uplift is "welcome news" and steps to accelerate recruitment were "underway" - but argued more is needed to police the capital city of Cardiff.

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Deputy Chief Constable Rich Lewis also tweeted, "Good news for policing and communities but totally agree re Capital city funding. The impact of policing a thriving and expanding capital brings challenges for @swpolice which are unique and which have a greater impact than those for policing a (non capital) city."

The three forces with the highest recruitment target for the first year are the Metropolitan Police (1,369), West Midlands (366) and Greater Manchester (347).