About 120 new police officers will be recruited by Lincolnshire Police
About 120 new police officers will be recruited by a force.
Lincolnshire Police will recruit the officers which it says is one of its largest-ever recruitment drives.
The new recruits will help the force in reaching its target to deliver 1,130 officers by the end of the next financial year, with longer-term plans for further recruitment.
Chief constable of Lincolnshire Police, Bill Skelly, said: “This is excellent news for communities across Lincolnshire as we continue to strive for the best possible service in keeping them safe.
“Although we know we’ll receive extra funding in the years to come as part of the government’s uplift programme, we are using our own resources to bring forward that recruitment as much as possible.
“That means our initial lift of 50 officers – from the planned baseline figure of 1,020 – has been boosted even further.
“This allows us to put more officers back into our communities, while investing in a range of key areas to keep people safe.”
The money for the recruitment has come from a grant application secured by police and crime commissioner Marc Jones.
Further funding for this will come from a council tax precept.
Part of this year’s overall funding figure of £95.5m for the police comes from a 4.1 per cent council tax rise.
That followed the police and crime commissioner's annual survey in which 80 per cent of those who answered a questionnaire backed a council tax rise of at least five per cent.
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