ROGER Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, has welcomed news that the county is set to get an additional 135 police officers in addition to those previously announced.
The Essex allocation of new officers comes as part of a government announcement that there will be an extra 6,000 police officers recruited across the country – the first wave of the 20,000 recently promised by PM Boris Johnson’s administration.
Essex Police has been recruiting for the past 18 months, following two successive increases to the policing precept, which means that by April 1 next year there will be more than 3,200 police officers working to keep the people of Essex safe.
Mr Hirst 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 3,218 by April 2020 and with this additional funding the total number of Officers will reach at least 3,353 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.”
Chief Constable of Essex Police Ben-Julian Harrington, said: “Today’s announcement by the Home Office means that my team and I will be able to press ahead and recruit extra officers to protect and serve the people of Essex. Of the 6,000 who will be recruited nationwide between now and March 2021, Essex Police will be allocated funding for 135 additional officers.
“This means by March 2021 Essex Police will have grown to 3,353 officers. I am delighted that September was a record month for new applications to join our ranks. We have great opportunities for people who feel they would #FitTheBill either as a uniformed officer, as a detective or as a Special Constable and I would welcome anyone who wants to make Essex an even safer place to live and work to step forward and join us.”