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9 October, 2019

58 New front line officers for North Yorkshire

Julia Mulligan responds to Home Office announcement on officer numbers

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has commented on the government’s allocation of the additional police officers it originally announced in July. Julia said:

“Today’s announcement is welcome and is good for North Yorkshire, as well as being positive for policing as a whole. In the first of three intakes, North Yorkshire Police will receive 58 new recruits, which is part of the government’s national campaign to recruit 20,000 new police officers.

“Following my own investment in police officer numbers via the local precept, by April 2021, we will have a total of 1,508 officers, meaning we are well on track to reach previous highs of approximately 1,600.

“I do however remain concerned that rural forces continue to lose out to urban areas and call upon the Government to address this inequality.

“Policing the largest rural force in the country has its own set of challenges, not least the increasing threat of county lines drug dealing. Having said this, I am encouraged as this uplift in numbers will mean more visible policing to keep us safe and feeling safe, as well as allow us to have a much greater focus on preventing crime.”

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