October 9, 2019

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The Home Office has today confirmed the officer recruitment targets for every police force in England and Wales for the first year of the unprecedented drive to increase their ranks by 20,000 over the next three years.

Strengthening police numbers is a priority for the government, which is providing £750 million to support forces to recruit up to 6,000 additional officers onto our streets by the end of 2020-21, the first stage in this new uplift. This is thanks to the additional funding announced by the Chancellor in the Spending Review.

Priti Patel sets out her policing vision

The Home Secretary set out her vision for policing yesterday (8th October) when she chaired the second meeting of the National Policing Board, involving representatives of frontline officers and police leaders.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“The public are clear they want to see more police officers on their streets, whether they live in the city or the countryside.

“This is the people’s priority and it is exactly what the Government is delivering.

“Every single police force in England and Wales will be able to recruit additional officers this year to help keep all of our communities safer.”

What our new policing policy does

They are also on top of the extra officers already being recruited because of the £1 billion increase in police funding for 2019-20, which includes money from council tax and for serious violence.

Government funding for recruitment in 2020-21 will cover all associated costs, including training and kit.

The National Policing Board, set up by the Prime Minister in July to drive progress in recruitment and other major policing issues, yesterday heard that all forces are accelerating their recruitment already recruiting and the website for the campaign, ‘Be a Force For All’, has been visited more than 215,000 times.

The Police Federation and the Police Superintendents’ Association attended the board for the first time, honouring the Home Secretary’s commitment for front line officers and their senior managers to be represented.

What the Chair of the Police Federation has to say

John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said:

“Yesterday’s meeting was constructive and it is important that we, as the largest police staff association, were at the table to ensure our members were represented.

“Investment in policing is long overdue and for the first time we now have the actual number of officers each local force will increase by in the next year.

“These figures have been based on the current funding formula models and while this method is not perfect, I accept it is the only solution available to deliver the numbers quickly in year one.

“We now need to ensure that the formula is revisited for future years to ensure a fairer allocation of officers across all forces, but this is certainly a positive start and will provide a much-needed boost to my members and the communities they serve.”

“Yesterday’s meeting was constructive and it is important that we, as the largest police staff association, were at the table to ensure our members were represented.

“Investment in policing is long overdue and for the first time we now have the actual number of officers each local force will increase by in the next year.

“These figures have been based on the current funding formula models and while this method is not perfect, I accept it is the only solution available to deliver the numbers quickly in year one.

“We now need to ensure that the formula is revisited for future years to ensure a fairer allocation of officers across all forces, but this is certainly a positive start and will provide a much-needed boost to my members and the communities they serve.”

Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

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.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)

<table style="margin: auto; width: 75%; text-align:right; margin-top: 50px;"> <tbody> <tr> <th style="font-weight:bold; padding-bottom:2vh;text-align: left">Police Force Area</th> <th style="font-weight:bold; padding-bottom:2vh;text-align: left">First year recruitment target</th> </tr> <tr> <td>Avon &amp; Somerset</td> <td>137</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bedfordshire</td> <td>54</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cambridgeshire</td> <td>62</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cheshire</td> <td>90</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cleveland</td> <td>72</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cumbria</td> <td>51</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Derbyshire</td> <td>85</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Devon &amp; Cornwall</td> <td>141</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dorset</td> <td>50</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Durham</td> <td>68</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Dyfed-Powys</td> <td>42</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Essex</td> <td>135</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Gloucestershire</td> <td>46</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Greater Manchester</td> <td>347</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Gwent</td> <td>62</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Hamsphire</td> <td>156</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Hertfordshire</td> <td>91</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Humberside</td> <td>97</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kent</td> <td>147</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lancashire</td> <td>153</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Leicestershire</td> <td>89</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Lincolnshire</td> <td>50</td> </tr> <tr> <td>City of London</td> <td>44</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Merseyside</td> <td>200</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Metropolitan Police</td> <td>1,369</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Norfolk</td> <td>67</td> </tr> <tr> <td>North Wales</td> <td>62</td> </tr> <tr> <td>North Yorkshire</td> <td>58</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Northamptonshire</td> <td>57</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Northumbria</td> <td>185</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Nottinghamshire</td> <td>107</td> </tr> <tr> <td>South Wales</td> <td>136</td> </tr> <tr> <td>South Yorkshire</td> <td>151</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Staffordshire</td> <td>90</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Suffolk</td> <td>54</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Surrey</td> <td>78</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sussex</td> <td>129</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Thames Valley</td> <td>183</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Warwickshire</td> <td>41</td> </tr> <tr> <td>West Mercia</td> <td>93</td> </tr> <tr> <td>West Midlands</td> <td>366</td> </tr> <tr> <td>West Yorkshire</td> <td>256</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wiltshire</td> <td>49</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="subtotal" style="font-weight: bold">England and Wales total</td> <td class="subtotal" style="font-weight: bold">6,000</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>