Police and Crime Commissioner Conservative Candidate Welcomes Additional Police Officers in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Conservative Candidate, Caroline Henry, Press Release:

Nearly 9,000 police officers have been recruited as part of the Conservative Government’s campaign to recruit an additional 20,000 by March 2023, with 203 more in Nottinghamshire alone. This means the target for year one of the recruitment push to recruit 6,000 officers by March 2021 has been dramatically exceeded, with nearly 45 per cent of the 20,000 already recruited by forces.

Boris Johnson has urged the public to vote for their local Conservative candidates at the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections, to help cut crime and build back safer from the pandemic.

Caroline Henry, who is standing as the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate, welcomes this important step to reduce crime in Nottinghamshire, saying: 

“I am proud of the Government’s record to deliver on their promises to recruit 20,000 additional police officers by 2023. 

As Police and Crime Commissioner, I will continue to enforce the promises made on our Conservative manifesto to make Notts safe. More frontline officers  on our streets to keep the public safe is vital to cutting crime locally.”

The pledge to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers was one of Boris Johnson’s key pledges during the Conservative Party leadership contest nearly two years ago.

The new figures have also confirmed that every single force across England and Wales has met or exceed their recruitment targets. 139,000 people have applied to join the police since the start of the recruitment programme.

Analysis of diversity data shows that there are now 10,218 officers from a Black Asian and Minority Ethnic background – the highest number on record. 

In addition to recruiting 20,000 additional police officers, the Conservative Government is supporting the police with the powers they need to crack down on crime, including through introducing the landmark Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which will give the police additional powers to get knives off the streets, a £636 million funding boost for police forces this year, and a new police covenant which will enhance support and protection for frontline police officers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“When I became Prime Minister, I made a commitment that we would recruit more police officers, cut crime and make your streets safer.

“In just one year, we have hired an extra 9,000 extra police officers, smashing our first-year target and putting us well on track to recruit the 20,000 new officers we promised.

But we need Police and Crime Commissioners locally who can continue to work with the Government to recruit police officers and cut crime as we Build Back Safer from the pandemic, so I’d urge people up and down the country to vote for their local Conservative candidate on Thursday 6th May.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“As Home Secretary, keeping you, your family and our country safe is my number one priority.

One of the Government’s key promises was to put an extra 20,000 police officers on our streets, and I’m delighted that one year in we have surpassed expectations and already recruited nearly 9,000 additional police officers.

Our police officers are the very best of us and I will continue to give them the resources and powers they need to keep us and our loved ones safe. But I need local Police and Crime Commissioners to work with me to get crime down as we emerge from the pandemic, so I’d urge everyone to vote for their local Conservative candidate on Thursday 6th May.”

3 Comments

  1. Well that’s a really good achievement for Police recruitment. Still about 2000 police down on 2010 levels, also no mention of the fact that the police numbers were drastically reduced on the orders of the Conservative government from 2010 (with the assistance of the Lib Dems until 2015). So it’s unlikely that Notts. will see a drastic decrease in criminality in the near future, if at all. Mrs Henry and Ms Patel aren’t even reading from the same briefing paper, Mrs Henry says (above) that 6000 police have been recruited overall, yet the Home Secretary says lower down on the same page (above) that 9000 police have been recruited in the past 12 months.. A difference of a couple of hundred would be allowable, but 3000?

    I sent the same e-mail to both Mrs Henry and Mr Watts asking what Paddy Tipping was doing wrong as PCC. Mr Watts sent me an honest and frank reply, Mrs Henry (who has been sent the email twice) cannot be bothered to even send an acknowledgement.

    As I have said before, in my opinion the post of PCC is a non post that could be carried out cheaper, and probably more efficiently, by the old Police Authority, however a little like HS2, this is a “pet project” of the Conservative party and unfortunately until we get a change of government we are stuck with it.

    Why does it need to be a ‘political post’, if Mrs Henry is elected is she going to be toeing the party line like him?

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  2. Rather than explaining the Conservative policy, I would be interested to hear what personal
    experience and skills Mrs Henry could bring to the role and what she could do to make Nottinghamshire safer.

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  3. There’s two parts to every story, recruiting an additional police officers to the replace those who you cut doesn’t really make you strong on Policing, that is really truth twisting at its worst.

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