More than 3,000 extra officers hired in drive to boost police numbers

Police officersThe overall number of officers has increased to more than 130,000 for the first time since 2012 (Image: Daniel Limpi / EyeEm / Getty Images)

The overall number of officers has increased to more than 130,000 for the first time since 2012. Home Secretary Priti Patel wants forces to recruit an extra 20,000 by March 2023. The Home Office said the recruitment campaign, which launched last September, had provided around half of the newcomers, as the other recruits had already been planned. Police chiefs fear crime will increase once the lockdown is lifted and more people are out on the streets.

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Ms Patel said: "Each one of these brave officers will make a difference in helping to cut crime and keep people safe.

"Thanks to new digital assessment centres, the doors remain wide open for anyone who wants to join and make a difference in their

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