Thames Valley Police are well ahead of their recruitment target as part of the Government’s plan to put 20,000 more police officers on our streets.
The local force was allocated 183 officers to hire by March 2021 as part of the first tranche of the uplift, but by the end of June they had already reached 219.
Milton Keynes North MP Ben Everitt is "delighted" with the news and has praised Thames Valley Police for the work they are doing.
He commented: “It’s absolutely brilliant to hear Thames Valley Police have not just beaten their recruitment target, but they’ve smashed it. That’s 36 more officers than expected and nine months ahead of schedule, too.
“More police officers on the streets of Milton Keynes means they can keep our communities safe and this recruitment shows the Government’s absolute commitment to cracking down on crime and keeping criminals off the streets.”
In other news, more than £970,000 has been awarded to the Thames Valley as part of the Government's £25 million Safer Streets Fund.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner, has said they will ensure that the funding goes "straight to the frontline to support and help our communities".
Thames Valley Police will be looking at "areas of improvement" across the valley such as supporting landlords to make their properties more secure, installing better street lighting, CCTV, and cycle storage.