Force would get 150 new officers in PM’S plans
GLOUCESTERSHIRE could have an extra 150 police officers patrolling the streets.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced recruitment of 20,000 officers in the UK will begin within weeks.
And under the current distribution process, that could mean another 150 bobbies for the county.
With a police academy being developed in Berkeley, Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said Gloucestershire was ideally placed to engage in the process.
He said: “We know there are a number of logistical challenges to be met if the Prime Minister is to deliver on his promise but this is an exciting opportunity. “What better time could there be to have our own training academy coming on line?
“It also shows I was right not to close any more police stations and save those that the former Chief Constable wanted to dispose of. “There will be other logistical hurdles to overcome but it means that unlike some other forces, we will have capacity to absorb the new recruits.” The Prime Minister has said he wants recruitment completed over the next three years and will be setting out plans for a new national policing board.