51 extra bobbies on the beat in 2020

Date: Wednesday 9th October 2019

CUMBRIA will get an additional 51 police officers in 2020-21, according to the Home Office, as part of a three year plan to increase numbers nationally by 20,000.

The news has been welcomed by the county's police and crime commissioner Peter McCall and Chief Constable Michelle Skeer.

Mr. McCall said: “These additional police officers will be dedicated to our frontline and will be out in our communities fighting crime and the chief constable and her team will be working with us to determine how best they can be deployed, to have the best effect for our communities."

Chief Constable Michelle Skeer added: “We are keen for our officers, staff and communities to see the impact of the additional officers as soon as possible and we have already recruited an additional nine officers in our August intake, will be taking on an additional 18 Officers in November, and we’re considering an additional intake of 18 officers in January.

“Recruiting these additional police officers, on top of our normal recruitment, presents a challenge for our officers and staff in supporting them with their comprehensive training plan, however, this is a welcome challenge for us to have and I am confident we will have recruited the additional 51 police officers by March 2021."

The Home Office said that all officers recruited as part of the 20,000 uplift will be additional to those hired to fill existing vacancies and are on top of the extra officers already being recruited because of a £1 billion increase in police funding for 2019-20, which includes money from council tax and for serious violence.

Details of recruitment events in Cumbria and how to apply can be found by visiting www.cumbria.police.uk