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Cambridgeshire police officer numbers at record levels as it meets national recruitment targets



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Cambridgeshire police now has more police officers than at any time in its history.

The force’s current officer headcount is 1,671, after it met its target from the national police uplift programme for the second year running.

The first recruits to join Cambridgeshire Constabulary under the police constable degree apprenticeship, introduced under the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), had their passing out parade on March 21, 2022, and were welcomed by Chief Constable Nick Dean and Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston. Picture: Cambridgeshire police (55659153)
The first recruits to join Cambridgeshire Constabulary under the police constable degree apprenticeship, introduced under the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), had their passing out parade on March 21, 2022, and were welcomed by Chief Constable Nick Dean and Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston. Picture: Cambridgeshire police (55659153)

By the end of March 2022, 145 officers had been recruited above the force’s baseline, well above the 124 allocated for the programme.

In year three, Cambridgeshire’s allocation is 82 officers.

The numbers are on top of the usual recruitment required to replace officers retiring or leaving the force.

The force is also making some progress on recruiting more women and people from ethnic minorities into police officer roles.

The first recruits to join Cambridgeshire Constabulary under the police constable degree apprenticeship, introduced under the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), had their passing out parade on March 21, 2022, and were welcomed by Chief Constable Nick Dean and Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston. Picture: Cambridgeshire police (55659149)
The first recruits to join Cambridgeshire Constabulary under the police constable degree apprenticeship, introduced under the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), had their passing out parade on March 21, 2022, and were welcomed by Chief Constable Nick Dean and Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston. Picture: Cambridgeshire police (55659149)

In Cambridgeshire, 34.7 per cent of officers are women - a rise of almost four per cent in four years, while 4.6 per cent of officers are from ethnic minorities. This is up from 1.3 per cent from four years ago, but still well below the county population of 9.7 per cent.

Chief Constable Nick Dean said: “It is great news that we have hit our year two target and the increase in officer numbers is good news for the county.

“It will contribute towards an enhanced policing service for the public and the force is now in a good position to push on to this year’s target.

Cambridgeshire Police: New recruits pass out. (50605364)
Cambridgeshire Police: New recruits pass out. (50605364)

“However, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels, and recruitment work continues to get people with the right attributes and skills to consider policing as a career. I would urge anyone interested in policing as a career to visit our website to get more information and apply."

The national police uplift programme was announced by the Home Office In July 2019 with the aim of achieving a net increase of 20,000 in the number of police officers in England and Wales by the end of March 2023. It was predicted that forces would have to recruit about 50,000 officers over the three years to meet the target.

Twelve new police officer recruits became the first to pass out in 2022 as they were welcomed to the force by Chief Constable Nick Dean and Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston. Picture: Cambridgeshire police (54835337)
Twelve new police officer recruits became the first to pass out in 2022 as they were welcomed to the force by Chief Constable Nick Dean and Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston. Picture: Cambridgeshire police (54835337)

National figures show 13,576 additional officers have been recruited under the programme, above the target figure of 12,000 by the end of year two.

More women and people from diverse backgrounds are being recruited than ever before nationally. Women account for 42.4 per cent of new recruits while ethnic minorities account for 11.7 per cent.

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