SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore claims a government pledge to recruit 20,000 additional officers by March 2023 is “well on track.”
According to figures, 70% of the target has now been met across the country’s 43 police Forces.
An extra 611 additional police officers have recently been hired by Merseyside Police, bringing the total number of officers in Merseyside up to 4,058.
However, critics argue that before the 20,000 recruitment pledge was made, the country had already lost a substantial number of police officers and that this government measure was simply cancelling out previous cuts.
Mr Moore said: “I am very pleased that the region’s police recruitment drive has been so successful and that we now have over 600 more police officers on our streets than we did in September 2019.
“I know from my regular meetings with local policing leaders that Southport is seeing the benefits of these addition resources, with more police on the street in the town and dedicated teams covering the town centre.
“The police do difficult work under challenging circumstances, and I pay tribute to all those who begin a rewarding career making our streets safer.
“Increasing police numbers was a commitment the Conservatives made in our manifesto, on which I stood, and the British people overwhelmingly gave our plans their backing at the general election. I’m delighted to see that we are successfully delivering on those commitments.”