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Devon and Cornwall Police to get extra 141 officers

Devon and Cornwall Police to get extra 141 officers

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:30am 9th October 2019.

An extra 141 police officers will soon be on the streets of Devon and Cornwall.

The announcement has been made as part of a big uplift plan across the country.

They will be hired over the next 18 months and Devon and Cornwall is getting more new officers that any other south west force.

The government has pledged to recruit an extra 20,000 officers in the UK over the next three years.

It says that police numbers is a priority, and officials are providing £750 million to support forces to recruit up to 6,000 additional officers onto our streets by the end of 2020-21, the first stage in this new uplift.

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"This is great news for our communities and for anyone wanting to start a career as a police officer. 

"We are in a better position than other forces in that we were already recruiting before the Government announced this uplift, so have newly trained officers and have lined up plenty of potential recruits."

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 

All officers recruited as part of the 20,000 uplift will be additional to those hired to fill existing vacancies. 

They are also on top of the extra officers already being recruited because of the £1 billion increase in police funding for 2019-20, which includes money from council tax and for serious violence.

Government funding for recruitment in 2020-21 will cover all associated costs, including training and kit.

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What do Cornwall's MPs say?

"I appreciate the Prime Minister's support and this allocation of new officers for Devon and Cornwall Police under a three-year rolling programme.

"I'm sure the good people of North Cornwall will feel a lot safer with these new officers on the beat.

"Along with recent announcements on healthcare, this shows our Conservative government is committed to supporting Cornwall in the long-term."

Scott Mann, the Conservative MP for North Cornwall

"I very much welcome this good news and will work with our PCC to make sure some of the new officers are located in Truro and Falmouth."

Sarah Newton, the Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth

"I welcome confirmation that Devon and Cornwall will be receiving 141 new police officers in the first year as part of the recruitment of the first tranche of 6,000 of Boris Johnson's 20,000 new police officers.

"It's great to see this £750million funding boost already starting to translate into more bobbies on the beat for Cornwall."

Steve Double, the Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay

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