Police Federation

Allocation of new recruits revealed by Home Secretary

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

The Home Office has released details of how the first tranche of new police officers will be allocated to forces in England and Wales.

Home Secretary Priti Patel made the announcement following the second meeting of the National Policing Board which took place yesterday. (8 October)

The breakdown provides the number of officers each force will increase by in the year 2020-21 totalling 6,000.

The allocation is based on the existing police funding formula.

They are as follows:

Police force area

First-year recruitment target

Avon & Somerset

137

Bedfordshire

54

Cambridgeshire

62

Cheshire

90

Cleveland

72

Cumbria

51

Derbyshire

85

Devon & Cornwall

141

Dorset

50

Durham

68

Dyfed-Powys

42

Essex

135

Gloucestershire

46

Greater Manchester

347

Gwent

62

Hampshire

156

Hertfordshire

91

Humberside

97

Kent

147

Lancashire

153

Leicestershire

89

Lincolnshire

50

London, City of

44

Merseyside

200

Metropolitan Police

1,369

Norfolk

67

North Wales

62

North Yorkshire

58

Northamptonshire

57

Northumbria

185

Nottinghamshire

107

South Wales

136

South Yorkshire

151

Staffordshire

90

Suffolk

54

Surrey

78

Sussex

129

Thames Valley

183

Warwickshire

41

West Mercia

93

West Midlands

366

West Yorkshire

256

Wiltshire

49

England and Wales total

 6,000

 

John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales who attended the meeting said: “Investment in policing is long overdue and for the first time we now have the actual number of officers each local force will increase by in the next year.

“These figures have been based on the current funding formula models and while this method is not perfect, it is the only solution available to deliver the numbers quickly in year one – but there will be winners and losers.

“We now need to ensure that the formula is revisited for future years to ensure a fairer allocation of officers across all forces, but this is certainly a positive start and will provide a much-needed boost to my members and the communities they serve.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The public are clear they want to see more police officers on their streets, whether they live in the city or the countryside. This is the people’s priority and it is exactly what the Government is delivering.

“Every single police force in England and Wales will be able to recruit additional officers this year to help keep all of our communities safer.”

The Government had previously pledge to recruit 20,000 officers over the next three years.

The latest Home Office announcement does not make any reference to the 2,000 officers it committed to recruit before March 2020.

It follows the Home Secretary’s commitment to provide £10m of ring-fenced funding to allow for a wider roll-out of Taser for officers which she made last week.

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