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Lincolnshire Police deploy 200 more officers following recruitment drive

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The 'largest recruitment of police officers in decades' has seen more than 200 officers employed in Lincolnshire since 2019, according to new figures.

The data, released by the government as part of its drive to hire 20,000 officers nationwide by March 2023, shows Lincolnshire now has 1,220 officers.

Lincolnshire Police has historically been the lowest funded police force in the country and had missed out on extra government funding.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones

Lincolnshire’s policing tax increased by £9.99 a year for Band D properties in 2022/23 and in total since 2017 residents have been asked to pay an extra £70.83 a year.

The Conservative Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said MPs had been “incredibly supportive” in his fight to attract extra funding from government and that the force now had the “highest level of officer numbers we have had in many years”.

“There is no doubt that the government uplift programme – alongside the support from local tax payers and careful financial planning – has allowed me to fund the largest recruitment of police officers in decades,” he said.

“We are still in the midst of that recruitment process, and with additional recruitments due later this year and next, we will grow operational capability further in order to make a real impact on crime and reduce harm across the county.”

He added that further funding saw investment in technology, such as digital forensics and drone technology.

“Despite being one the lowest funded forces in England and Wales, we are creating a force the people of Lincolnshire can be proud of,” said Mr Jones.

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