Officer numbers up as recruitment drive continues

Dyfed Powys Police has taken on 60 recruits under the Government’s police uplift programme, according to the latest figures.

Statistics from the Home Office showed the Force had 1,223 frontline officers at the end of last month with new recruits joining up as part of the Government scheme to boost numbers by 20,000 nationwide.

Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones welcomed the increase in officer numbers but said the recruitment drive meant the Force only had around 45 more officers than it did in March 2010.

He said: “We are pleased to see officer numbers rising rather than falling as a result of the uplift scheme. Cuts in funding have led to low officer numbers at a time when the demands placed on policing have increased beyond belief.

“Policing has changed a lot in recent years and the pandemic really highlighted the need for greater investment in recruitment and resources as public expectations of what the police service should offer grew higher.

“But this is positive news as far as numbers are concerned and the fact that the downward trend has been reversed is to be welcomed.”

The new Home Office figures showed a provisional headcount of 139,908 officers in England and Wales at the end of September with 11,053 recruited from funding for the Police Uplift Programme which has a target of recruiting 20,000 new officers by March 2023.

Forces saw more women joining the ranks between July and September 2021 with female officers accounting for 45 per cent (1,451) of all new recruits during that time.