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Boris Johnson’s policing pledge: the key will be delivering beyond the frontline

20,000 extra officers is good news but the government must address urgent questions around logistics, coordination, and the resourcing of other services

By Cathy Haenlein  

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Archive/PA Images

A key campaign pledge by Boris Johnson was to recruit 20,000 more police officers in England and Wales. On taking office, Johnson announced that recruitment would start “within weeks,” to be completed within three years. 

This marks a U-turn in Conservative policy, under which sweeping cuts have expunged more than 20,000 officers from forces in England and Wales since 2010. Urgent appeals by police leaders for resources went unheeded—despite evidence of rising crime and violence, more offences going unanswered, and a crisis in police wellbeing. In 2018, among…

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