Police applications jump 100,000 after promise for more officers on streets

Spring Statement: Hammond announces police funding boost

The Home Office will today launch the next stage of the recruitment drive to hire 20,000 additional bobbies by 2023. More than 6,000 have already joined the force and similar numbers are being targeted again this year. The Government is increasing its funding to more than £15billion in 2021-22 – up by £636million from this year.

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Police have received more than 107,000 applications since the programme began, said the National Police Chiefs Council.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The 6,000 people who have signed up are just the start.

“This new round of recruitment will mean more police on our streets helping to cut crime and keep people safe.”

The next stage of the campaign will feature TV, radio and social media adverts encouraging recruits to “Make your difference”.

Officials said the staffing boost is being supported by an additional £400million.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the extra money will reinforce the frontline and provide extra training and equipment.

She said recently: “We want to see our officers go out there and bust county line drug gangs and get more weapons, knives and guns off our streets.”

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