Our National Vision for Crime and Policing
Backing our police:
Giving our frontline officers the protection they deserve:
- Strengthening police powers through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, ensuring our police have the tools and resources to cut crime and target persistent offenders. This Bill gives the police additional powers to get knives off our streets, creates a new criminal trespassing offence to stop unauthorised encampments from terrorising our communities, and provides greater powers to tackle non-violent protests that cause significant disruption to the public.
Enshrining the Police Covenant into law - strengthening support for serving and retired officers and their families:
- The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill enshrines the Police Covenant into law and creates a statutory duty for the Government to do more to support the police, both those currently serving and retired, whilst also placing a focus on physical protection, health and wellbeing, as well as support for families.
Boosting police pay by 2.5 per cent this year, ensuring policing remains an attractive career for everyone:
- Police pay will rise by 2.5 per cent this year, equivalent to a constable receiving an extra £1,100, giving forces their largest increase since 2010
Doubling the maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker from 12 months to two years:
- In line with our manifesto commitment, the PCSC Bill doubles the maximum sentence for those convicted of assaults on frontline staff including police officers, firefighters and paramedics.
Recruiting 20,000 new police officers to keep our streets safe:
We have already recruited 6,620 new officers, and we are on track to recruit 20,000 extra officers by 2023. As part of this year’s £636 million police fundings ettlement, more than £400 million will go towards recruiting additional officers
Delivering the funding, powers, and resources our police need:
Boosting police funding by up to £636 million this year, to tackle crime and recruit more frontline officers:
- This brings total police funding up to £15.8 billion for 2021-2022, including £400 million to recruit 20,000 new officers by 2023, £914 million for counter-terrorism policing, and £1.1 billion to target national priorities such as reducing serious violence and clamping down on county lines
Equipping over 8,000 more officers with Tasers, so that the police have the resources they need to keep themselves and the public safe:
- 41 forces in England and Wales will receive £6.5 million to purchase 8,155 devices for officers. £150,000 has also been allocated to training for Tasers instructors.
Introducing Serious Violence Reduction Orders – helping officers target persistent offenders:
- SVRO’s are court-imposed orders which will apply to individuals previously convicted of carrying a knife or an offensive weapon. Police will be able to stop and search those who are subject to an SVRO to check if they are carrying a knife or offensive weapon again.