Today sees the start of a campaign in Bedfordshire to kick-start the Prime Minister’s pledge to recruit 20,000 new police officers.
This – the biggest recruitment drive in decades – urges people to ‘be a force for all’ by joining the service.
It is not yet known the exact number of new officers that will be recruited into Bedfordshire, but the government funding of new posts will be over and above the employment of officers to cover existing vacancies.
The launch of the uplift of 20,000 additional officers nationally, coincides with the government announcement of additional funding for the wider criminal justice system, which can help to improve outcomes for victims and bring more offenders to justice.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed to increase police numbers over three years, with up to 6,000 of those employed within the next year.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Sharn Basra said: “This uplift is a fantastic opportunity for policing nationally, and is especially welcome in Bedfordshire where we have long campaigned for additional funding to help put officers on the streets of our county.
“We have lobbied government to recognise the challenges posed by serious violence, organised crime and exploitation, while we also focus on building community relationships and tackling the issues which matter to people most from the ground level up.
“In Bedfordshire we aspire to be a force for all – by truly reflecting the communities that we serve. I hope that this investment into our service will encourage people from all backgrounds and walks of life to serve their community by joining our ranks.”
The ‘Be a force for all’ campaign has been developed by the Home Office in partnership with the police and using feedback from the public via independent research.
The campaign will be on billboards and digital displays at locations across England and Wales, including at shopping centres and railway stations, as well as in radio advertisement.
To find out more about becoming a police officer and how to apply, visit: https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/apply/Recruitment-and-volunteering/Police-officers