Alok Sharma, the local Member of Parliament for Reading West, has made the case for extra police officers for Thames Valley Police (TVP).
The Prime Minister has committed to recruit a further 20,000 police to demonstrate the Government’s determination to make our streets safer. Following the announcement of the 20,000 uplift, Alok arranged a meeting with the TVP Chief Constable John Campbell and wrote to the Home Secretary to make the case for additional officers for TVP.
Alok was therefore pleased that Thames Valley Police has started recruitment of 183 new officers which were allocated from the first round of recruitment of 6,000 officers across the country.
Since the announcement of the first tranche, Alok has also met with the Minister for Policing and Fire to discuss funding and to further make the case for TVP. Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for TVP Anthony Stansfeld also attended the meeting.
As the largest non-metropolitan force in the country and with consistently high performance and successful recruitment rates, TVP stands ready to deliver even more police officers at pace.
The next round of allocations is set to be announced in December 2019 and Alok will continue to work with the PCC and other colleagues to ensure that TVP and subsequently Reading, gets its fair share of new police.
Alok has welcomed the commitments made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Spending Round speech on 4 September to provide £750 million to recruit these new officers, with an extra £45 million available this year so that recruitment could be started immediately.
This substantial increase in funding for the police will enable forces across the country to continue recruiting, fill crucial capability gaps and meet pressures.
The Government has also published a funding settlement that means total police funding is increasing by up to £970 million in 2019/20. This will take total funding to up to £14 billion, including council tax. This funding includes Government grant funding for PCCs, flexibility for PCCs to raise additional money at a local level from council tax, Government funding for additional pensions costs, funding for counter-terrorism policing and funding for national priorities, including tackling serious and organised crime.
Photo 1 (L-R): Kit Malthouse MP, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley Police Anthony Stansfeld, Alok Sharma MP.
Photo 2 (L-R): Chief Constable John Campbell and Alok Sharma MP.
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