major police recruitment drive across England and Wales appears to have paid
dividends with the number of officers employed reaching record levels.
police has passed the Government’s target of having a 130,000-strong service,
six month early.
figures show that in the 12 months to September, the number of officers rose by
4,337 to a total of 131,548 – the largest increase for a quarter of a century.
Secretary David Blunkett said the recruitment drive was putting more police on
the streets and set a new target of 132,500 officers by 2004.
also announced that 43 police forces had recruited 1,281 community support
officers since the scheme was launched in December.