Boris Johnson’s plan to hire 20,000 police officers will ‘start within weeks’

Boris Johnson’s  plan to strengthen the United Kingdom’s police force by hiring  20,000 police officers will begin in a matter of weeks.

The recruitment drive – one of Mr Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign promises – will start in September and the Prime Minister wants it completed over the next three years.

“As I said on the steps of Downing Street this week, my job as Prime Minister is to make our streets safer,” Mr Johnson said.

“People want to see more officers in their neighbourhoods, protecting the public and cutting crime.

“I promised 20,000 extra officers and that recruitment will now start in earnest.”

Mr Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel have also set out plans for a new national policing board.

The panel will be chaired by Patel and bring together key police leaders, holding them to account for meeting the 20,000 officers target and working on a national response to other issues.

Patel said: ‘Officers up and down the country put themselves in danger every day to keep us safe, they deserve our support. ‘The rise we’ve seen in serious violence is deeply worrying. An additional 20,000 officers sends a clear message that we are committed to giving police the resources they need to tackle the scourge of crime.

‘This is the start of a new relationship between the Government and the police working even more closely together to protect the public.’