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  • 141 NEW POLICE OFFICERS TO BE RECRUITED OVER NEXT 12 MONTHS IN DEVON & CORNWALL

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed figures released today that show the breakdown of police recruitment targets for the next 12 months. As part of the Government’s mission to recruit 20,000 police officers over the next three years, 6,000 will be recruited in 2020-21 with 423 recruited for forces in the South West. Of these, 141 will be for Devon and Cornwall. These new officers will be in addition to those hired to fill existing vacancies and all costs will be provided by central Government so as not to affect local policing budgets. The numbers equate to a 5% increase in police officers for the force.

    Mr Stride, who met with Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez earlier this year to discuss various policing issues including funding, said:

    “It is good to see the Home Office getting on with their plans to recruit 20,000 police officers. Having spent time with the police, both at local stations and out on the beat, I know how hard they work and how covering rural counties like Devon and Cornwall can stretch their resources. More officers will improve police visibility, help solve more crimes and provide greater victim support.”

    Of the five police forces in the South West, Devon and Cornwall will benefit from the highest number of recruits over the next twelve months (141), followed by Avon and Somerset (137), Dorset (50), Wiltshire (49) and Gloucestershire (46).

    Photo: Mel Stride MP meeting with Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez earlier this year.








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