Boris Johnson visits North Yorkshire to announce police recruitment figures

The Prime Minister visited North Yorkshire Police's headquarters yesterday to announce police recruitment figures.

By Sarah Fitton
Friday, 31st July 2020, 9:31 am
Updated Friday, 31st July 2020, 9:36 am

Boris Johnson was joined by Home Secretary Priti Patel on the visit to Northallerton.

During the visit, the Prime Minister was introduced to new police recruits, petted a police dog and sat on a police motorbike.

Police forces in Yorkshire have hired 325 extra police officers in the first eight months of the Government's recruitment drive.

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Boris Johnson on one of North Yorkshire Police's off-road bikes.

The recruitment campaign is 72 per cent towards meeting its first year target of 6,000 by March 2021, the Home Office said.

Although the number of police officers is rising, there are still 10 per cent fewer on duty compared to peak numbers just over a decade ago, according to other figures also published by the Home Office yesterday.

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Boris Johnson and Priti Patel with some of the police dogs at North Yorkshire Police's headquarters.