Cumbria has been bolstered by an additional 66 officers since the Government launched the major police recruitment drive over a year ago.
- New statistics show that over 6,620 extra officers have been recruited through the Conservative Government’s police recruitment drive, with 66 more in Cumbria alone.
- This shows that the Government remains on track to deliver on its manifesto commitment to recruit 20,000 extra officers by 2023, and that the first target of 6,000 new officers by March 2021 has already been exceeded.
- These new officers will be crucial in the fight against coronavirus, as well as helping to drive down crime and to make streets safer.
The addition of these new officers brings the total number of police across Cumbria up to 1,199, meaning there are now more frontline officers on our streets to keep the public safe.
Since the launch of the Government’s recruitment campaign one year ago, a total of 6,620 extra officers have joined police forces across England and Wales.
These statistics confirm that the Government remains fully on track to meet its manifesto commitment of recruiting 20,000 extra officers by 2023 and has hit the target of recruiting 6,000 new officers by March 2021 well ahead of schedule.
The new statistics also show that the police workforce is now more diverse than ever before, with 10.2 per cent of new recruits identifying as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, and with 9,871 of all officers now being from these groups.
This 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.
Alongside the recruitment campaign, the Government has announced the second round of the Safer Streets Fund, backed by £20 million of new money, to crack down on neighbourhood crimes that blight our communities. This funding will enable PCC’s and Local Authorities to make crime cutting interventions in residential areas to ensure people feel safe in their 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, boosting police pay by 2.5 per cent, equivalent to a constable receiving an extra £1,100, and enshrining a new police covenant into law, which will offer enhanced support and protection for frontline officers.
Mark Jenkinson MP said: ‘I am pleased that under Peter McCall, Cumbria Police now have more officers than they have ever had and work is now being done to put officers back in our towns and communities across the county.
When I was elected, part of My Plan was to ensure that Workington saw increased officer numbers. I am pleased that this is happening now in the Workington constituency and throughout Cumbria.
I am keen that this good work continues. I have recently sent a questionnaire from our Cumbrian Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall to constituents, to highlight any concerns that my constituents may have regarding crime or anti- social behaviour in their area and I would encourage residents to share their views.’
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am determined to make our streets safer, which is why I am delighted we have beaten our own 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.”