Force would get 150 new of­fi­cers in PM’S plans

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

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.

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