Extra money for police forces

Police
forces in England and Wales are getting extra money to boost staff levels.

Forces
will get £9.6bn from the Government this year – an increase of more than 6 per
cent.

The
extra money, which supports the National Policing Plan, will help to reach the
target of 132,500 officers in 2004. It will also help to retain officers by
providing pay increases, along with extra rewards for those in the most
demanding posts.

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Office Minister John Denham said that investment in the Police Service is
paying off – overall crime levels are falling and the chances of being a victim
of crime are the lowest in 20 years.

Steps
are also being taken to cut bureaucracy, exploit modern technology, recruit
more community support officers and develop specialist expertise.

By Quentin Reade

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