Last updated on July 19th, 2023 at 03:29 pmReading Time: 2 minutes
The latest stats are out and the government (Home Office) have proudly proclaimed that, as at 31st December 2021, they had recruited 55% of the promised
Additional New Police officers.
Is this true? Is it bo****ks.
So, I accept that they have recruited 11,048 towards their ambitious target of 20,000, but is that 11,048 additional officers? As you can see above, less than 500 officers have been recruited outside of the Police Uplift Progrmme, and in fact, the total of 11,048 is actually 388 less than the end of November 2021, so they have actually shed officers overall during December.
Just to make things worse, almost 200 of the these ‘
Additional‘ New Officers are going direct to Regional and Organised Command units. They have no experience FFS.
There has been a lot (and I mean a LOT) of talk recently about certain people misleading Parliament, but if the Home Secretary presents these figures to Parliament in their current form? Well, I don’t know what to think, but I sure as hell think that they are misleading, only accurate in the purest sense and most certainly do not constitute >11,000 Additional Officers.
There will no doubt be Academics out there who disagree with me and will tell me that I’m wrong, and that is their right, but all I will say is this. Please tell me where I have gone wrong, and where I can find the missing officers that should eventually make up the promised 50,000 in just over a year’s time.
Even the highly regarded College of Policing were confident that the goal of 50,000 (normal recruitment plus 20,000 extra) would be achieved by March next year.
How’s it going then?
Call me old fashioned, but I’d risk a healthy wager on missing it by a mile, but that is just my opinion.