NPCC and College of Policing welcome nearly 6,000 new recruits

The NPCC and the College of Policing have both welcomed the news by the Home Office that almost 6,000 officers have joined the police service up to the end of September.

One year on from the launch of the campaign, 5,824 extra officers have joined forces across England and Wales to the end of September 2020.

The Home Office says that this means recruitment is well ahead of schedule, as the government had pledged to bring in an additional 6,000 police officers by March 2021.

The figures also show 12,675 new officers joined the 43 forces across England and Wales between November 2019 and September 2020. 5,824 of these were specifically recruited as part of the uplift programme. Others were recruited to backfill leavers or through locally funded recruitment.

There is now a total headcount of 134,885 officers across forces in England and Wales.

Welcome

Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council said: “These additional officers are most welcome as demand for policing services continues to increase.

“The figures show a step forward but there is much more to be done, whether it is how we continue to attract and recruit our new officers or how we retain those already in service.

We are relentlessly working to achieve our ambition of being a diverse and inclusive service that is truly representative of our communities,”

Challenges

Mike Cunningham, CEO of the College of Policing, said: “The figures demonstrate policing’s ability to adapt to challenges and continue to recruit new officers in difficult circumstances. I am pleased to see forces hitting recruitment numbers on this scale.

“Bringing 20,000 new officers into the service presents an important opportunity for police forces to become more representative of the communities they serve.

“It is encouraging to see more officers joining from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, however, our work to support representation in policing doesn’t stop here.”

For the first time, this publication includes data on the ethnicity and gender of officers who have joined forces since April 2020. Of the new recruits, 629 identified as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, representing 10.7 per cent  of recruits who stated their ethnicity.

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