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9th Oct 19
Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold has welcomed the announcement that Northamptonshire Police will be funded to recruit 57 additional officers by the end of 2020/21 in the first stage of the Government’s uplift of police numbers.
These 57 extra officers will be in addition to the 200 new officers that Northamptonshire Police is currently recruiting as a result of the local council tax increase.
The Commissioner and the Chief Constable had already announced plans to recruit 200 officers for Northamptonshire, which would take the Force to 1310 officers, back to where they were in 2010.
Today’s announcement of Government funding for a further 57 officers builds on those plans and is just the first phase of the Government’s promise to increase numbers, which could see in total funding for around 190 extra police officers for Northamptonshire. On current projections, this would take the Force to over 1500 officers by 2023.
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold and Chief Constable Nick Adderley have both welcomed the funding announcement and the opportunity to increase police officer numbers in Northamptonshire even further than they have already planned. But the Commissioner also asked for the way funding is allocated to be reviewed, so that Northamptonshire receives its fair share for the future.
“This is great news for the people of Northamptonshire,” Stephen Mold said. “People very clearly tell me that they want to see more police officers and they want them to focus very robustly on fighting crime. I welcome the Home Office decision to invest in policing and I thank the Prime Minister for delivering on the commitment he made to increase funding for policing when I met him with other Police and Crime Commissioners.
“The Chief Constable and I had already committed to increasing police officers in Northamptonshire and this support from Government is more than welcome. However, just a few weeks ago, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary commented on the fact that Northamptonshire Police is disadvantaged by the current funding formula and has been structurally underfunded for a number of years. Alongside this very welcome funding, I will be continuing to ask the Government to deliver on the Prime Minister’s additional commitment, which is to review the way funding is allocated to policing to make sure it is totally fair to all forces. The Home Secretary has echoed this view in her comments today.
“We are one of the fastest growing counties in the country and we need recognition that this county deserves more.”
Northamptonshire Police receives around £8 less per head of population from the Government than other Forces that the Home Office groups together as being most similar.
Nick Adderley, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, said: “I welcome the announcement of an additional 57 officers which will further enhance my commitment to county of Northamptonshire to provide the very best possible policing services we can.
Fighting crime and protecting the public is non-negotiable for me and with the changes already made, as well as the further investments provided to me by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) we are already achieving significant improvements in reducing crime and bringing offenders to justice.
“I have already announced that Northamptonshire Police will become the first force to issue all front line officers with Taser, a move which has been wholly supported by our local politicians, the PFCC, Central Government and most importantly, the public. Further funding has been promised by the Home Office to support this rollout, for which I am extremely grateful.
“The additional officers will provide greater visibility and accessibility which supports my drive to build strong and sustainable relationships with the communities we serve.”
Northamptonshire Police is now recruiting police officers. Further information on how to apply is available at www.northants.police.uk/policeofficer