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First new officers to join Surrey Police following council tax hike

First new officers to join Surrey Police following council tax hike

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Rebecca Curley at 2:55pm 19th June 2019. (Updated at 2:57pm 19th June 2019)

The first round of new recruits to join Surrey Police are expected to join the force in the summer.

Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said a 10 per cent hike in the council precept voted through earlier this year would help fund 100 police officers and operational staff.

In a report for a meeting next week he has set out how and when the new officers will join the force with the extra £10m generated from the council tax precept rise.

The papers to go before the Surrey Police and Crime Panel state plans have been put in place for the recruitment of 64 new police officers and 15 front-line police staff. The remaining 21 will be positions saved from redundancies.

But the paper states in order to meet the target of new posts and to cover “predicted wastage”, 163 police constables will be recruited in total over five cohorts.

The first 64 will join this summer with more later this year.

Surrey is also “actively encouraging” detective constables to transfer from other forces with 12 already joining since April.

The paper states:

“It will take the force some time to fully recruit to meet the new posts due to capacity and practicability of recruitment and training.

“To support the neighbourhood teams whilst police constable recruitment and training takes place, options regarding the recruitment of additional PCSOs are being considered.”

The report also states the PCC’s precept increase will allow the force to invest to “meet the demands of making Surrey the safest county it can be”.

The report will be presented to members of the Police and Crime Panel at Surrey County Hall on Thursday, June 27 at 10am.

The 64 officers and 15 staff will be broken down to cover the following areas:

    • 22 Neighbourhood Support Officers
    • 6 Problem Solving Advisers
    • 11 Youth Intervention Officer
    • 3 High Intensity Officers
    • 17 Safeguarding Detective Constables and Sergeants
    • 7 DCs for Serious Organised Crime unit
    • 2 Specialist Intelligence Officers
    • 10 Sexual Offence Liaison Officers
    • 1 Embedded CPS Detective Inspector

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