Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has welcomed that Essex Police will receive an additional £18.8m in its funding next year, thanks to the Government’s increase to police budgets.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced policing will receive up to £15.8 billion in 2021-22 – an increase of £636 million on last year.
This includes over £400 million recruit 20,000 extra police officers by 2023, delivering on the promise made in last year’s General Election. Essex Police has already benefited from an additional 82 officers. The funding will be also be used to bolster counter-terrorism policing, including money for armed policing and more officers.
The Government has been determined to support the police throughout the coronavirus pandemic, as officers have worked tirelessly to keep communities safe. The Government has provided £30 million to help forces step up coronavirus enforcement and has reimbursed forces for all additional PPE purchased between March and July.
Commenting, Giles said:
“Essex Police have been instrumental in keeping our community safe this year, and I pay tribute to them for their hard work and professionalism.
“Having previously led a campaign in Parliament to increase police funding, I am delighted to see this further increase of £18.8m next year. I was also proud to be elected last year on a promise to get more officers onto the streets and to ensure our police have what they need to keep us safe. That is what we are doing, and those new officers are operating now in our area.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“We have asked more of the police than ever before during the coronavirus pandemic – the British people and I are extremely grateful for their dedication.
“I am absolutely committed to giving the police the resources they need – this funding package delivers on that.
“It will allow us to continue to put more police on the streets, and reduce crime as we build back safer from the pandemic.”