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How will the officer boost help policing in Cornwall?

How will the officer boost help policing in Cornwall?

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:01am 13th October 2019. (Updated at 10:47pm 13th October 2019)

Cornwall's top cop says the newly announced boost in officer numbers will allow the force to invest in new areas of policing.

But Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer says it will also allow police in the Duchy and Devon to return to strength in their traditional role of "prevention within challenging communities and working with young people."

It comes after 141 new officers were announced for our police force as part of year one in the 6,000 national Operation Uplift scheme. 

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

This figure will be in addition to the very welcome uplift achieved by Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez.

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

The uplift numbers for both year two and year three of the scheme are yet to be confirmed.

"These 141 new officers equate to the largest number for any of the forces across the South West region.

"This increase in officers will enable us to invest in new areas of policing with the challenges the 21st century brings. But, just as importantly, it also allows us to return to strength in our traditional role of prevention within challenging communities and working with young people.

"The overwhelming majority of police officers are invisible within the public service as they start their roles, and for these roles it will be no different.

"I eagerly await the details in respect of the supporting elements such as IT and equipment required to support these new officers."

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

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