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141 new police officers for Devon and Cornwall

A delegation of MPs and police officers joins PCC Alison Hernandez as she hands a bid for Special Grant funding to Policing Minister Kit Malthouse

It's part of a national recruitment drive.

The National Policing Board has announced 20,000 new officers nationally over 3 years of the Government’s officer uplift programme. 

The Devon and Cornwall force will recruit an additional 141 officers over the first 18 months.

Avon and Somerset will receive 137 officers, Dorset will get 50, Gloucestershire will get 46 and Wiltshire will get 49.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “I am delighted with this announcement,” 

“This is great news for our communities and for anyone wanting to start a career as a police officer. We are in a better position than other forces in that we were already recruiting before the Government announced this uplift, so have newly trained officers and have lined up plenty of potential recruits.”

“The challenges faced by Devon and Cornwall are significant, as we have explained in our bid for additional funding via the Home Office Special Grant system,” she said.

“We have invested £17.9m over the past three years in innovative approaches to offset exceptional pressures. I was delighted to have the opportunity to discuss these challenges with Policing Minister Kit Malthouse a fortnight ago and will keep up the pressure with a trip to Westminster later this month.

“I’d like to use this opportunity to remind people that there is no upper age limit to becoming a police officer. We need people from a range of backgrounds and with a range of experiences to help us work together to achieve safer, resilient and connected communities and to maintain one of the safest police force areas in the country.”

Anyone interested in becoming a police officer or member of staff with Devon and Cornwall Police should visit

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