Police chief 'delighted' by Home Office pledge on more officers
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 October 2019 | UPDATED: 17:01 16 October 2019
The Home Office has pledged to fund more than 100 extra police officers for Avon and Somerset.
The department says it is the first step towards the Government meeting its target of recruiting 20,000 officers nationally over the next three years.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been given a recruitment target of 137 officers.
The announcement made by the Conservative Government on Wednesday has been welcomed by the force.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said people want to see more officers on the street.
She said: "I am delighted to confirm that Avon and Somerset Constabulary will be recruiting an additional 137 officers next year as part of the Government's aim to strengthen police forces across the country.
"Local people have been very clear; they want to see more police officers on their streets tackling the issues that matter most to the community.
"We are in a great position in that we have been busy this year recruiting officers for Operation Remedy and we recently launched the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship with UWE.
"The Chief Constable and I are looking forward to getting the 137 new officers on board, enrolled onto the apprenticeship and out on the ground keeping local people safe."
The Government has said it will deliver an extra £1billion in funding to police next year.
There are plans to hire 6,000 new officers across England and Wales within the first 12 months of the recruitment drive.