Force to bring in 108 new police recruits

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire Simon Hayes''Picture: Sarah Standing (151564-3867)
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire Simon Hayes''Picture: Sarah Standing (151564-3867)

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MORE than 100 police officers will be recruited.

The £5.5m investment at Hampshire police for 108 new recruits comes after the chancellor announced there would be no cuts to policing.

A police source previously told The News they were unable to cope with the volume of crime.

Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes said: ‘Both myself and the chief constable have realised the workload and the strain that police officers had been under.

‘We’re now for the first time able to do something like this to help that.

‘Policing is around prevention and response and that’s what the emphasis will be on in Hampshire Constabulary’s policing model into the future.’

He added that if the force had been cut under in the Spending Review last month then the recruitment would not have been possible. He added: ‘This is maintaining the policing level as it is now.’

Armed response units are also set to be bolstered along with the force’s cyber crime capability. That is dependent on whether the Home Office hands it counter-terrorism cash in the wake of Paris.

The 108 recruits will be employed over the next 12 months, Mr Hayes said.