Gedling MP Tom Randall has welcomed the announcement that Nottinghamshire Police has recruited 95 new officers.
The additional officers are the result of a recruitment drive launched by the force back in September last year.
Across England and Wales more than 3,000 extra officers have joined the police since the recruitment campaign was launched, confirming the government is on track to recruit 20,000 extra officers over the next three years.
In total, forces recruited 6,435 officers from November 2019 to March 2020, including recruitment planned before the government campaign was announced – with 3,005 recruits joining the police specifically as part of the uplift programme.
There are now a total of 2,116 officers in Nottinghamshire, with 131,596 across England and Wales.
The recruitment drive is at the centre of the government’s commitment to back the police with more resources, powers and support to keep communities safe.
Other steps include the biggest funding boost for the policing system in a decade, a new covenant to recognise the service and sacrifice of the police, funding to provide over 8,000 more officers with Taser to keep themselves and the public safe, expanded stop and search powers, and plans to consult on increasing the maximum sentence for assaulting police officers and other emergency service workers.
Alongside new recruits, the government has also taken further action to support the police’s coronavirus response.
This includes testing for all essential workers, including police officers and support staff; the relaxation of tax rules to encourage officers nearing retirement and those recently retired to serve; and the unlocking of £84 million for forces to use in fight against coronavirus.
Gedling MP, Tom Randall said he was delighted that more police would now be on the streets of Gedling
He said: “Nottinghamshire has been boosted by 95 more officers – meaning more police on our streets to cut crime and keep us all safe. From my regular meetings with Gedling’s Neighbourhood Police Inspector, I know our beat teams are growing in Gedling and these additional officers are focusing on local issues.
“At this time of national emergency, these additional officers have never been so important. They have my full support in enforcing the rules to ensure people stay at home, so we can protect the NHS and save lives.
“By backing our police with the funding and resources they need, we will keep the public and our communities safe, so that people everywhere can live their lives free from the fear of crime.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Each one of these brave officers will make a difference in helping to cut crime and keep people safe. For many, their first role has been to join the fight to stop the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives.
“Thanks to new digital assessment centres, the doors remain wide open for anyone who wants to join them and make a difference in their community.
“Getting more police officers on the streets is an absolute priority for the British people – and this Government.”