Commenting on the news from the Home Office that Merseyside Police will be given the money to recruit 200 new police officers, Councillor Les Rowlands said: “This is good news for the law abiding majority across Wirral and the rest of Merseyside and is the first stage of our plan to recruit a total of 20,000 more police across the country.
“In recent years, both the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner, have done everything possible to maintain frontline policing but we are now at the stage where we can afford to recruit more. While criminals and crime are becoming more sophisticated, and international, we must also ensure that policing is also visible in every single community.”
Councillor Rowlands, who is set to be appointed to Merseyside’s Police & Crime Panel on Monday 14 October, added: “I look forward to working with the Chief Constable and Commissioner to achieving this and give as much support as needed to every single Police Officer in Merseyside.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel MP added: “The public are clear they want to see more police officers on their streets, whether they live in the city or the countryside. This is the people’s priority and it is exactly what the Government is delivering. Every single police force in England and Wales will be able to recruit additional officers this year to help keep all of our communities safer.”
Details of Force allocations of the first tranche of 6,000 new police recruits can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-office-announces-first-wave-of-20000-police-officer-uplift