More than 20,000 new police officers are now patrolling our streets in a major effort by the UK Government to cut crime, crack down on anti-social behaviour, and keep our streets safe.
A total of 20,951 extra recruits joined police forces in the past three years, in the wake of a Conservative election manifesto commitment to have 20,000 additional officers in post by March 2023, according to provisional Home Office figures.
This includes an extra 154 new police officers in the Dyfed Powys region, boosting their presence across communities in West Wales.
The news has been hugely welcomed by local Conservative politicians Samuel Kurtz MS and Paul Davies MS, which they have described as being “a major step forward in cracking down on local crime.”
Speaking about the major boost in police numbers, Senedd Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Samuel Kurtz MS, said:
“Three years on from our manifesto commitment to recruit 20,000 new police officers, the UK Conservative Government have once again delivered for local people.
“The extra 154 police officers deployed in Dyfed Powys will massively increase our efforts to crack down on all types of crime, be that anti-social behaviour, county lines or rural crime. Our communities will be safer as a result of extra police on our streets.
Preseli Pembrokeshire MS Paul Davies added:
“Strengthening police numbers is clearly a priority for the UK government – and this announcement is great news for communities in Mid and West Wales.
“The presence of additional officers will help Dyfed Powys Police protect and serve the area and sends a strong message that the UK Government is committed to supporting our local police services and safeguarding our local communities.
Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak finished by saying:
“When I stood at the steps of Downing Street six months ago, I made clear that I will do whatever it takes to build a better future for everyone in the UK, with stronger communities and safer streets.
“At the heart of that pledge is recruiting more police officers than at any time in our history, and today we have delivered on that promise.
“Thousands of officers are already out in our communities, tackling crime and keeping the public safe.