Essex Police is set to receive an additional £18.8 million 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 by the Conservatives 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, Mrs Badenoch said: “Officers and staff at Essex Police have been instrumental in keeping our communities in Uttlesford and Chelmsford safe this year, and I pay tribute to them for their hard work and professionalism.
“I am pleased Essex Police are getting an additional 82 officers next year. I was 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.
“This Government is now doing exactly that –ensuring we build back safer as we recover from coronavirus.”