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Last month, Humberside Police attested 80 new police officers, the largest ever intake in their history.
The new officers were inspected and sworn in by Chief Constable Lee Freeman KPM on Thursday 13 April.
Mr Freeman said: “Not only is this our first intake of 2023, it’s the largest ever intake in Humberside Police history. The intake finalises our contribution to the National Police Uplift Programme, which has seen 856 new officers join our ranks over the past three and a half years.
“From a baseline of 1,550 officers in 2017, to the current high of 2,294, Humberside Police will now use these additional numbers to improve even further and deliver more highly visible and proactive policing that our communities are asking for.”
The Police Uplift Programme started in 2019, with a government manifesto pledge to increase the number of police officers nationally by 20,000 before 1 April 2023.
This target has been met, with 20,951 new officers being recruited across England and Wales. There are also 725 more officers working on tackling Serious and Organised Crime.
Policing is now more diverse, with more female officers (53,000) and more ethnic minority officers (12,000) than ever before. And we have a record high number of police officers nationally, with 149,572 serving across England and Wales as of 31 March 2023.
Speaking on the national picture, Gavin Stephens, Chair of the National Police Chief’s Council, said: “It is an incredible achievement to have recruited more than 46,000 officers, giving us more than 20,000 additional officers over the last three years. These additional police officers are much welcomed, bringing a breadth of experience, skills, and diversity to their communities.
“Those that joined at the start of the programme are now completing training and making a difference every day in Forces across England and Wales. It fills me with optimism that so many talented colleagues have joined with a real desire to keep their communities safe and feeling safe.”