The Chancellor announces extra funding for the recruitment of new police officers
The announcement of an extra £750 million investment in extra police officers has been hailed as “great news for Lincolnshire” by the county’s police and crime commissioner.
The investment by the Government comes after sustained lobbying by PCC marc Jones for extra funding for the county’s force.
Over the next four years 20,000 new officers will be recruited across the UK – with potentially hundreds of extra officers hired in Lincolnshire.
Chancellor Sajid Javid announced in his Spending Review today that there will be a 6.3 per cent increase in real-terms Home Office spending (£750m) to fund the first year of the Government’s plan to recruit the 20,000 new police officers.
There will also be an extra £45m provided so recruitment can start immediately, getting at least 2,000 officers in place by end of March.
He also announced a five per cent real-terms increase in the resources budget for the Ministry of Justice as well as confirming the extra £80m for the Crown Prosecution Service.
PCC Marc Jones had already brought an extra £1.8m of funding to the county earlier this year. He has lobbied – with the support of the majority of county MPs – for fairer funding for the county since he came to office three years ago.
“The announcement of extra funding is great news for Lincolnshire,” said Mr Jones.
“I have been relentless in my pursuit of fairer funding for our hard pressed police force and in making the case to Government at the highest levels that more needs to be invested in policing generally, and Lincolnshire specifically, and it is gratifying to see those pleas have not gone unheard.
“I am delighted our force will now be welcoming potentially hundreds of extra officers over the next four years – making our communities even safer.
“After years of investing in the best technology and equipment these officers will join a force at the cutting edge of modern policing and will quickly be able to make a real difference on the front line.
“I very much look forward to seeing the new officers on the streets of Lincolnshire preventing crime, pursuing criminals and protecting our residents from harm.”