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Ruth Edwards MP welcomes boost of 95 more police officers across Nottinghamshire

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Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards has welcomed the announcement that Nottinghamshire police has recruited an extra 95 police officers as part of the Government’s recruitment drive.

Across England and Wales, more than 3,000 extra officers have joined their local forces since the campaign was launched last year, delivering on the first part of the Conservative manifesto commitment to recruit 20,000 extra officers in the next three years.

There are now a total of 2,116 officers in Nottinghamshire, with 131,596 across England and Wales.

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Along with new recruits, the government has taken further action to support the police during the coronavirus pandemic.

This includes testing for all essential workers, including police officers and support staff, the relaxation of tax rules to encourage officers nearing retirement and those recently retired to return to duty and the unlocking of £84 million for forces to use during coronavirus.

Commenting, Ruth Edwards said:

“I am delighted to see 95 extra officers being recruited in our county. This will put more police on the street to cut crime and help keep us all safe.”

“I congratulate Chief Constable Craig Guildford and his team who have acted so quickly to recruit and train these new officers.

“I recently saw first-hand the hard work which local police are doing every single day to enforce the lockdown rules. They have my full support in doing so to ensure people stay at home, so we can protect the NHS and save lives.

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