Police in hi-visibility jackets policing crowd control at a UK event

Home Office recruitment targets for police forces in England and Wales

The Government has today (9 October 2019) confirmed the police officer recruitment targets for every police force in England and Wales for 2020-21.

The Government is providing £750 million to support forces to recruit up to 6,000 additional officers onto our streets by the end of 2020-21, the first stage in this new uplift.

The target for Bedfordshire is 54.

The Home Secretary set out her vision for policing yesterday (8 October 2019) when she chaired the second meeting of the National Policing Board, involving representatives of frontline officers and police leaders.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“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.”

All officers recruited as part of the 20,000 uplift will be additional to those hired to fill existing vacancies. The website for the recruitment campaign, ‘Be a Force For All’, has been visited more than 215,000 times.