An extra 1,200 community support officers are being recruited into the police force after a £41m boost in funding.
Community support officers (CSOs) are a key part of the Government's police reform programme and are helping to crack down on anti-social behaviour.
There are currently more than 1,350 CSOs in post around the country.
The extra recruitment means the Government is on track to meet its target of 4,000 CSOs by 2005, according to home secretary David Blunkett.
"The police cannot win the fight against crime and nuisance behaviour alone - extending the police family will strengthen links with communities to bring about real change in the way that we tackle local issues and engage the public in tackling crimes that affect them the most."