The Home Office has announced it will fund 1,369 new police officers for the Metropolitan police.

A statement on the official Met website said “Like every force, we welcome news that police officer numbers can grow. The demands across all of policing are acute and all growth is good news. It will help us put more officers on the streets and reduce violent crime.

“We’re recruiting hard in London and we are already seeing success with large intakes of new officers joining us. We are very confident that we can recruit the additional 1,369 new officer posts which we have been allocated by the Home Office quickly.

“As we’ve seen only too vividly this week, the demands of policing London are particularly acute.”

The announcement comes after turbulent year on the streets of London with a surge is knife crime being particularly worrying.

Statistics have shown that London recorded the highest rate of 169 offences involving a knife per 100,000 population in 2018/19, an increase of 1 offence per 100,000 population from 2017/18.

(Source: news.met.police.uk)

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