Cutting Crime, Keeping Promises
348 police officers have been recruited in Greater Manchester in the first year of Boris Johnson’s campaign to recruit 20,000 by March 2023, as part of the 8,771 additional officers that have been recruited across England and Wales.
This means the Conservative Government’s target of recruiting 6,000 by March 2021 in the first year of the programme has been dramatically exceeded, with the halfway milestone likely to be reached within the coming weeks.
The addition of these new officers brings the total number of police across Greater Manchester up to 7,135 meaning there are now more frontline officers on our streets to keep the public safe.
Commenting, Mark Logan MP said:
“Getting more police officers onto our streets and ensuring people feel safer in Bolton is a priority, it is excellent that the Conservative Government has committed to this having already delivered an extra 348 officers across Greater Manchester.
Every one of these officers will make an enormous difference in helping to cut crime and keeping communities safe– and I know that many more will follow the Government continues to deliver on its promise to recruit 20,000 more over the next three years.”
The pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers was one of Boris Johnson’s key pledges during the Conservative Party leadership contest nearly two years ago.
The new figures have also confirmed that every single force across England and Wales has met or exceed their recruitment targets. 139,000 people have applied to join the police since the start of the recruitment programme.
Analysis of diversity data shows that there are now 10,218 officers from a Black Asian and Minority Ethnic background – the highest number on record.