Mark Logan MP has welcomed the announcement that Greater Manchester has been bolstered by an additional 266 officers since the Government launched its major police recruitment drive over a year ago.
The addition of these new officers brings the total number of police across Greater Manchester up to 6,787, 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 is one of the people’s priorities, it is excellent news that in just over one year, this Conservative Government has already delivered an extra 266 officers across Greater Manchester.
By backing our police with the funding, powers and resources they need, we are keeping the public and our communities safe, so that people in Bolton can live their lives free from the fear of crime.”
These figures confirm that the 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 schedule.
This recruitment drive is at the centre of the Government’s commitment to back the police with more resources, powers and support to keep the public and their communities safe.
The new statistics also show that the police workforce is now more diverse than ever before, with 10.2 per cent of new recruits identifying as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, and with 9,871 of all officers now being from these groups.
Alongside the recruitment campaign, the Government has announced the second round of the Safer Streets Fund, backed by £20 million of new money, to crack down on neighbourhood crimes that blight our communities. This funding will enable PCC’s and Local Authorities to make crime cutting interventions in residential areas to ensure people feel safe in their communities.
Other steps to support frontline police officers include a £636 million funding boost for police forces this year, bringing the total for police funding up to £15.8 billion, boosting police pay by 2.5 per cent, equivalent to a constable receiving an extra £1,100, and enshrining a new police covenant into law, which will offer enhanced support and protection for frontline officers.