137 new police officers coming to Avon & Somerset Constabulary to keep crime falling locally have been welcomed by Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore.
The Home Office has this week confirmed the officer recruitment targets for Avon & Somerset Constabulary for the first year of the unprecedented national drive to increase numbers by 20,000 over the next three years.
Strengthening police numbers is a priority for the Government, which is providing £750 million to support forces to recruit up to 6,000 additional officers onto our streets by the end of 2020-21, the first stage in this new uplift.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary will be able to recruit 137 new officers, which will increase their officer numbers by 5%. Police forces in the South West will be able to recruit a total of 423 new officers.
In 2018/19, the total rate of recorded crime in South Gloucestershire fell by 3.3% compared to 2017/18 – higher than the average decrease in crime across the wider Avon & Somerset area.
Local MP for Kingswood Chris Skidmore wants crime to keep falling, he said:
“Kingswood residents are clear they want to see more police officers on their streets, so that we can keep crime falling in South Gloucestershire and help keep it low.
“As the Home Secretary has made clear, this is the people’s priority and it is exactly what the Government is delivering.
“This means there will be 137 more officers coming to our local constabulary, helping to reassure our communities and keep them safe.”
Recently, Chris Skidmore MP has also met with Conservative PCC candidate Mark Shelford to discuss police and crime issues affecting Kingswood and the local area.
Looking at the South Gloucestershire rate of crime per 1,000 population compared to other areas, our rate of 58.7 per 1,000 is still lower than the rate of 80.7 per 1,000 in Avon and Somerset, 67.8 per 1,000 in the South West region and 83.5 per 1,000 across England & Wales.
It is encouraging that South Gloucestershire has seen a larger decrease in offending than the Avon and Somerset area in general. Eight years ago, the level of crime in South Gloucestershire matched the South West average but has remained below that average in the years since.