Increasing police officer numbers

Date published: 27 June 2019 07:19
Dated: 27 June 2019 08:16:18

South Yorkshire Police is set to grow by 220 police officers between now and 2024.

55 have already been planned in this year’s budget as a result of the precept increase and an additional 13 are also planned for this financial year.

In 2020/21 a further 73 will be added using efficiencies from the PCSO review and a further 79 will be added by 2024 through further savings.

At the same time, the Force is set to launch its most significant recruitment drive since 2008 in the coming weeks as they embark on attracting the highest calibre of recruits to fill these posts. Overall, more than 500 new PCs will be recruited as the force also needs to replace those due to retire.

Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police, Stephen Watson said: “I’m delighted to be able to make this announcement and directly respond to the feedback we consistently receive. We know people want to see more officers in South Yorkshire, and we’re pleased to be able to deliver this. This is great news for the Force but most importantly, this is great news for the residents of South Yorkshire.

“By adding these roles we will be better equipped to address the issues which cause the most concern to local people, and we’ll also be bringing excellent employment opportunities to South Yorkshire.

“This recruitment drive is a key part of our continuous development. Our inspectorate has identified South Yorkshire Police as the most improved force in 2017, again in 2018 and we’re absolutely committed to achieving this in 2019.  We look forward to welcoming our new recruits to join us on our journey to outstanding.”

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