Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-12

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11 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020 News HAMPSHIRE POLICE TO WELCOME 156 OFFICERS ACROSS THE COUNTY SURREY POLICE Plan for new recruits revealed By STEPHEN LLOYD @FleetNandM HAMPSHIRE Constabula­ry has confirmed how 156 new police officers will be deployed across the county. The new recruits, part of the government’s announced uplift programme, have been allocated based on thorough analysis of crime figures and the demand in each district. Hart has been allocated four new officers, while Rushmoor will get five. The rest of Hampshire’s allocation is: Eastleigh seven, Basingstok­e nine, Fareham four, Gosport five, Havant eight, New Forest eight, Portsmouth 18, East Hants four, Isle of Wight nine, Countrywat­ch one, Local Policing Delivery Unit one, Southampto­n 20, Test Valley five, and Winchester five. The remaining 43 new officers will be deployed across local crime investigat­ion department­s, the contact management team, and specialist criminal investigat­ion teams such as the Child Abuse Investigat­ion Team or High Harm teams. Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blyth said: “We are constantly striving to serve and support all in our communitie­s the best we can each day. Part of this is ensuring that, as a force, we truly reflect those we are serving. “It is very pleasing to see that Zoe Wakefield, Hampshire Police Federation chair ented individual­s into the Constabula­ry, ensuring they can all reach their true potential.” Hampshire Police Federation said it was supportive of the allocation. Federation chair, Zoë Wakefield, said: “Portsmouth and Southampto­n are the forces’ highest demand and highest crime areas. “This is the first phase of the uplift programme and recruiting is continuing with the next intake starting on Monday (August 3) so these numbers are not final allocation­s and all areas will see more officers arriving as recruitmen­t continues. within the 3,000 applicatio­ns received there are 13% who are from diverse background­s. “I am also very happy that we have been able to push forward with our recruitmen­t programme throughout the pandemic, and that we are now able to announce how we will be deploying the 156 officers who will be hired through the government uplift. “It has been great to see many high quality candidates applying to join the force. “Our aim is to become an employer of choice, focused on attraction, retention and progressio­n, bringing the best and tal- PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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