20,000 new police officers to be recruited in England and Wales

Home office figures highlight that between March 2010 and March 2019 England and Wales lost 20,564 officers.

Newly appointed Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that recruitment of 20,000 police officers in England and Wales will begin within weeks.

Whilst the College of Policing has welcomed this, there are concerns about if enough instructors for training will be available. The Chief Executive has said “it is not just getting people through the doors” BBC News 2019.

PM Boris Johnson hopes that this recruitment task will be completed over the next three years and will be overseen by a new national policing board.

Whilst the exact cost of this plan has not yet been confirmed newly appointed Policing Minister Kit Malthouse has said that in the first year they expect a cost of £500m.

Home office figures highlight that between March 2010 and March 2019 England and Wales lost 20,564 officers.

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