It’s absolutely brilliant that Cleveland Police has recruited an extra 159 officers in just over a year.
The addition of these new officers brings the total number of police across the force area up to 1,246, meaning there are now more frontline officers on our streets to keep the public safe.
Since the launch of the Government’s recruitment campaign one year ago, a total of 6,620 extra officers have joined police forces across England and Wales.
These statistics confirm that our Government remains fully on track to meet its manifesto commitment of recruiting 20,000 extra officers by 2023, and has hit the target of recruiting 6,000 new officers by March 2021 well ahead of our target.
I believe that it is the day-to-day blight of anti-social behaviour that ruins lives and getting more police officers onto our streets is the most effective way to tackle that problem.On top of that we’ve got to fight knife crime, drugs, domestic violence and the growing problem of rural crime.
With all that in mind, I am delighted that in just over one year, this Conservative Government has already delivered an extra 159 officers across the Cleveland Police force area.
We all know how bad our forces leadership has been but the Peel Report, published in September 2019, also said the force was 30 officers below what it needs to be able to operate efficiently. The last PCC knew this and had the money to recruit them but didn’t.
He’s finally gone now though and increasing the number of officers by 159 so far means we have already hired more than five times that amount. But I want to make sure there's more to come, and even more after that.
The Government has done its part to improve Cleveland Police - don't let Labour tell you any different and let's not allow them to waste this investment by handing back control to the very people whose years of mismanagement saw our force become the first in the UK to be put into special measures."