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More local, visible and accessible policing as government announces extra 135 Officers for Essex

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and national finance lead for the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, warmly welcomes the news today that there will be an extra 6,000 police officers recruited across the country – the first wave of the 20,000 recently promised by the Government.

Essex Police has been recruiting heavily for the past 18 months, following two successive increases to the policing precept, which means that by April 1st next year there will be more than 3,200 police officers working to keep the people of Essex safe.

Roger said: “This latest Government announcement is good news for the people of Essex. It means we will have the funding for Essex Police to recruit an extra 135 Officers on top of the 368 extra Officers currently being recruited as a result of the increase in the police precept. Essex Police are already well ahead of their recruitment target of 3218 by April 2020 and with this additional funding the total number of Officers will reach at least 3353 by March 2021. This is excellent news and further cements our commitment in our Police and Crime Plan to deliver more local, visible and accessible policing for the people of Essex.”

He added: “I will continue to work closely with our Essex MPs and I thank them for their support for Essex Police.”

More information on the government’s announcement is available via the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-office-announces-first-wave-of-20000-police-officer-uplift

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