The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey David Munro has said today’s announcement that 20,000 new police officers will be recruited nationwide could signal a huge boost to the future of policing in the county.
The PCC said he is eager to learn how Surrey Police will benefit from the launch of a national campaign led by the Home Office to significantly strengthen the number of frontline officers across the country.
The Force has already launched its own recruitment drive in Surrey this week to attract potential police officers to fill a number of roles including the uplift created by PCC’s increased council tax precept earlier this year.
PCC David Munro said: “Surrey residents have repeatedly told me how much they value their local police but that they want to see more of them on our streets so today’s announcement is a welcome boost for policing.
“This year, my agreed precept rise in the county allowed Surrey Police to recruit an extra 75 officers and operational staff whilst saving another 25 posts which would have been lost.
“Only this week Surrey Police launched their own campaign to find recruits for those roles and others in the Force and I‘m told that has already got off to a really positive start.
“So today’s announcement hopefully represents further good news for the future of policing in this county.
“Of course there will be considerable practical and logistical challenges to get those officers through the door in terms of recruiting, vetting and training and we will be keen to see the detail of how this programme will work in due course. We also mustn’t forget the importance of police staff and the vital part they play in policing and supporting those officer roles.
“We know the public want to see more police in their neighbourhoods, keeping our communities safe so I’m delighted to see this solid commitment from the Home Office which myself and my PCC colleagues across the country have been pressing for.”
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