Police to receive more than £15 billion to fight crime and recruit more officers

The government will announce today that policing will receive up to £15.8 billion to cut crime and continue recruiting 20,000 more police officers.

A statement on www.gov.uk said: “The funding settlement will enable policing to tackle serious violence and increase the number of specialist officers tackling terrorism and serious organised crime, including child sexual abuse and drug trafficking.”

Additionally, funding for counter-terrorism policing will total up to £914 million, including an increased spend for armed policing and specialist officers. Counter-Terrorism policing will also receive £32 million to establish a new Counter-Terrorism Operations Centre.

The government have also provided a £30 million cash injection to help police step-up COVID-19 enforcement strategies.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am absolutely committed to giving the police the resources they need – this funding package delivers on that.

It will allow us to continue to put more police on the streets, and reduce crime as we build back safer from the pandemic.”