- Figures released today show that 332 extra police officers have been recruited in Staffordshire as part of the Government’s manifesto pledge to put 20,000 more officers on the streets.
- Since the recruitment drive was launched in 2019, the Government has now recruited almost 21,000 new police officers in England and Wales, according to new figures published today (Wednesday 26 April).
- The additional police for Staffordshire builds on the Government’s Beating Crime Plan and the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act –reducing crime, protecting victims and keeping our streets safe.
Burton and Uttoxeter Member of Parliament, Kate Kniveton, has welcomed the announcement that 332 extra police officers have been recruited in Staffordshire since September 2019, bringing the total number of officers up to 1,980. This represents the fulfilment of a key 2019 manifesto promise and comes as part of a wider plan of action from the Government to tackle crime across the nation.
The Government’s Beating Crime Plan will deliver a safer Britain alongside record funding for our police, with a £17.2 billion policing budget for 2023–2024. This is alongside the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Act which is giving the police and courts the powers they need to tackle serious crime head on. The Government is also delivering its Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, backed by £100 million in funding, making our streets and neighbourhoods safer for women and girls.
Since 2010, crime excluding fraud has been cut by over 50 per cent – making our communities safer. Theft has been reduced by 20 per cent and domestic burglary by 30 per cent. The Government has also taken 90,000 knives off our streets through stop and search, surrender initiatives and targeted police action since 2019.
Commenting, Kate Kniveton MP said:
“From working closely with our local policing team here in East Staffordshire, I know just how valuable 332 more police officers across our county will be in helping crack down on crime in local communities.
“These recruits mean there are now 1,980 police officers in Staffordshire and more police officers than ever before across the country, helping to pursue criminals and tackle anti-social behaviour, keeping neighbourhoods safe for the law-abiding majority.
“I will continue to work with Staffordshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Ben Adams, and the Chief Constable to ensure our local constabulary have the resources they need to tackle crime and make our streets safer.”
Commenting, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said:
“Everyone deserves to feel safe in their communities, on their streets and in their homes.
“Now we've delivered our on 2019 manifesto promise, with more than 20,000 new police officers.
“With a record 150,000 police officers across England and Wales, people can trust in the Conservatives to keep our streets safe and deliver for local areas.”