2,000 and count­ing as num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers hits six-year high

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

THE num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers in the county has reached 2,000 – its high­est for six years.

The fig­ure was reached when the lat­est in­take of re­cruits com­pleted ini­tial train­ing.

An­other 180 re­cruits are ex­pected to join the force over the com­ing 12 months, which means it will have 2,050 of­fi­cers by this time next year.

Chief Con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne said it has been achieved through greater ef­fi­ciency, stream­lin­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion and pri­ori­tis­ing in­vest­ment.

He said: “This is a highly sym­bolic fig­ure to reach.

“As a re­sult of the ef­fi­ciency pro­gramme we have run over the last 18 months, and the in­tro­duc­tion of a new polic­ing model, we’ve been able to raise the bar on the of­fi­cers in the force, de­spite real bud­get pres­sures as a re­sult of the Govern­ment’s aus­ter­ity pro­gramme.”

The lat­est re­cruits will put more of­fi­cers on the front­line, al­low­ing the force to move of­fi­cers into high risk ar­eas like pub­lic pro­tec­tion and the task­force, which tack­les trav­el­ling crim­i­nal­ity, road crime and drugs.

John Dwyer, Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner, said: “I’m com­mit­ted to putting more boots on Cheshire’s streets.”

Kevin Os­borne

●● Of­fi­cer spell out their mes­sage as more re­cruits ar­rive

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