Flick Drummond, our candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election in May 2020, has welcomed the 20,000 new police officers promised by the Government and the announcement that Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will get 156 new police officers over the next year.
If elected, Flick will continue to campaign to ensure that we get a fair share of those officers and the funds to train them.
Flick said: “Many people have said they want more visible policing,” Flick said. “This can only be achieved by recruiting more police for our overstretched force in both urban and rural areas.”
Leo Docherty, local MP for Aldershot, added: "I am delighted the Home Office has today confirmed Hampshire Constabulary will be able to recruit 156 new police officers as part of the first stage of an unprecedented drive to increase officer numbers by 20,000 across the country over the next three years.
This is in addition to those hired to fill existing vacancies, and on top of the over 200 officers being recruited this year in Hampshire because of the £1bn increase in police funding for 2019-20. I know local residents want to see more officers on the beat on our streets and in our communities - this is the people’s priority - and that’s exactly what this Government is delivering."
Flick’s other plans include building resilience for our young people to stop them going into criminal activity and, in particular, county lines gangs.