Conservatives deliver funding pledge for 46 new police officers for Gloucestershire.
The Home Secretary has confirmed that South West police forces will be able to recruit 423 new officers overall in the first wave of a 20,000 increase over the next three years.
Government funding for recruitment will cover all associated costs, including training and kit.
Mark Harper, local Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean, said:
“I am really pleased to see this first allocation of extra police officers for Gloucestershire Constabulary, with more to come over the next three years.
“It is great to see that one of the Prime Minister’s first promises upon taking office is already being implemented, so I thank Boris Johnson and Priti Patel for backing our police and giving them the extra resources they need.”
Chris Nelson, the Conservative candidate to be Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner in the May 2020 elections, said:
“This is excellent news for Gloucestershire.
“These 46 police officers are just the first tranche of extra officers promised by the government. The next tranches will follow after the Police and Crime Commissioner elections next May.
“If elected, I promise to work with all Conservative MPs in the county to build on this good start and deliver double the 150 extra officers expected, increasing our force by 300 officers.”