Dorset to get 50 new police officers

Dorset to get 50 new police officers

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:31am 9th October 2019. (Updated at 6:06pm 9th October 2019)

The Home Office has set every police force in England and Wales recruitment targets.

The Home Office has set every police force in England and Wales recruitment targets.

Dorset Police need to recruit 50 new officers which will increase numbers by 4%.

The Home Secretary wants to see more police on the streets.

Weymouth NPT Officers police

South Dorset MP Richard Drax said:

"Having lobbied hard for a long time for more police officers in Dorset, I am delighted at today's announcement that we can recruit another 50.

"This figure is in line with the current funding formula and it's important that it's continued in year two and three, where we should see a further 60 officers each year, respectively. 

Richard Drax MP
Richard Drax MP

"Having spoken to many officers, I know they too will welcome more colleagues as the current level of policing has placed pressure on the system. 

"I shall be keeping a weather eye on the Government in the months ahead to ensure that we get our full and fair share. 

"Dorset has been at the bottom of the funding heap for too long." 

Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“Of course, I would always welcome new officers, and I thank the Home Office for this investment, as well as our local MPs for the support they have shown myself and Dorset Police.

“I look forward to seeing Dorset Police recruit more officers next year and I hope local people will take advantage of the many excellent opportunities that exist within the Force.

Martyn Underhill cautiously welcomes the news.
Martyn Underhill cautiously welcomes the news.

“However, this announcement only covers the first year of recruitment and in order to avoid any uncertainty and enable myself and the Chief Constable to properly plan for the future, I would like to hear official confirmation of targets for the second and third years as early as possible.

“It’s important to stress that while this investment is long overdue, it will not reverse the damage which has been inflicted by eight years of austerity. Even if we saw similar recruitment targets over the next three years, it will not bring us back to the officer levels we saw before the cuts, or address the police staff also lost during this time.

“Dorset Police now has the lowest officer levels since 1981 and we may need to see a much more significant recruitment drive in order to take us back to pre-austerity levels.”