SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore has welcomed the announcement that Merseyside Police have been bolstered by an additional 220 officers since September.
Across England and Wales more than 3,000 extra officers have joined the police since the recruitment campaign was launched, confirming the government is on track to recruit 20,000 extra officers over the next three years.
In total, forces recruited 6,435 officers from November 2019 to March 2020, including recruitment planned before the government’s campaign was announced – with 3,005 recruits joining the police specifically as part of the uplift programme. There is now a total of 3,667 officers in Merseyside, with 131,596 across England and Wales.
Mr Moore said that other steps include the biggest funding boost for the policing system in a decade, a new covenant to recognise the service and sacrifice of the police, funding to provide over 8,000 more officers with Taser to keep themselves and the public safe, expanded stop and search powers, and plans to consult on increasing the maximum sentence for assaulting police officers and other emergency service workers.
Alongside new recruits, the government has also taken further action to support the police’s coronavirus response. This includes testing for all essential workers, including police officers and support staff; the relaxation of tax rules to encourage officers nearing retirement and those recently retired to serve; and the unlocking of £84million for forces to use in the fight against coronavirus.
Mr Moore said: “I am delighted that because of actions taken by the government, our local police force has been boosted by 220 more officers – meaning more police on our streets to cut crime and keep us all safe.
“At this time of national emergency, these additional officers have never been more important. They have my full support in enforcing the rules to ensure people stay at home, so we can protect the NHS and save lives.
“By backing our police with the funding and resources they need, we will keep the public and our communities safe, so that people everywhere can live their lives free from the fear of crime.”