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Video and website launched to aid Gloucestershire's police recruitment drive

A video and website have been launched aimed at encouraging people to apply for one of the new roles with the Police.

The Home Office announced last week the amount of new officers that would be recruited in the first year of the government's drive to put 20,000 new bobbies on the beat across the country.

Details were announced of 6,000 new recruits in the first year of a three-year recruitment drive, with Gloucestershire due to benefit from 46 new officers in the first year.

That would equate to a four per cent rise in the amount of officers on the beat, while across the South West region as a whole 400 new officers will be recruited.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "The public are clear they want to see more police officers on their streets, whether they live in the city or the countryside.

"This is the people's priority and it is exactly what the Government is delivering.

"This means there will be more than 400 more officers across the South West, helping to reassure communities and keep them safe."

To go alongside the launch, a YouTube video featuring officers from around the country and a website detailing the range of jobs and opportunities have been launched.

When the news was announced, it received widespread support from Gloucestershire MPs, who called the four per cent increase a "good start."

Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester said: "46 additional officers for the Gloucestershire Constabulary in year one is a very good start and implies 150 over the three-year project.

"I hope many of those will help fight crime - knives, drugs and stabbings especially - in Gloucester, and over time if we need more we'll need to make a compelling case for that."

Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson tweeted: "I welcome the announcement of 46 extra police officers for Gloucestershire as part of the government's policy of recruiting 20,000 more officers across the country in next three years.

"It's a good start for us, and I will be working with other Gloucestershire MPs to push for more."

The news was also welcomed at the force's Waterwells base with both the chief constable and police and crime commissioner supporting the annoumcement.

This month, Punchline published the Annual Report of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, which detailed what Gloucestershire Police had done in 2018/19 and set out plans for the future.

There are also moves afoot to build a Police Academy in Berkeley to train officers, not only from Gloucestershire but from elsewhere in the country.

Punchline was lucky to take a tour of the facility earlier in the year , while Gloucestershire PCC Martin Surl sat down for an exclusive podcast interview with Punchline editor Mark Owen. 

Chief Constable Rod Hansen said: "I welcome the news confirming how many police officers we will be receiving as part of the HM Government's pledge.

"This funding will enable us to continue to strengthen our ranks and provide the service that the public expects and deserves from us.

"This combined with our ongoing recruitment campaign will allow the Constabulary to address some of the very pressing demands we face."

Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl added: "I am pleased with the allocation of police officers that we will be receiving and hopefully this will be continued over the coming years.

"I hope we will soon hear the final details, including funding arrangements.

"The extra resources will allow us to keep the public safe from harm and help us to continue to meet the aims of my Police and Crime Plan."

Anyone interested in applying for one of the new officer posts can log on to www.joiningthepolice.co.uk  for more information on how to apply.

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