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Police recruitment drive attracts more than 100,000 applications

A drive to recruits 20,000 new police officers has seen more than 100,000 applications across the first year.

Gloucestershire police are due to recruit more than 40 additional officers in 2020-21 as part of the three-year recruitment drive.

Data from forces across England and Wales showed almost 101,000 applications had been received between October and August with an advertising campaign encouraging would-be officers to "make their difference" starting today.

More than 4,300 additional officers have been recruited with a target of 6,000 by March.

Martin Hewitt, who chairs the National Police Chiefs' Council, said: "The interest already shown in joining the police is very encouraging and brings us closer to an additional 20,000 new recruits.

"I have always said the fact that we're well on our way to achieving this ambition does not mean we're complacent, if we truly want to have a police service that reflects our communities we have more to do in reaching out to those currently under represented."

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