MORE officers will soon be on the beat in our region thanks to the end of a two-year recruitment freeze at Humberside Police.
The force expects to take on 16 new officers over the next six months, with positions going to staff including specials, PCSOs and others who have already completed the officer recruitment process but were held back because of the job freeze imposed in 2010.
It is also expected that additional recruiting from the general public will take place towards the end of the year.
Chief constable Tim Hollis said: “I’m delighted the force is in a position to start recruiting officers once more.
“Whilst there are still significant financial challenges confronting Humberside Police, and we’re not out of the woods yet, looking ahead over the next five years we know that we will need to keep officer strength up.
“The support we recently received from the Police Authority in setting this year’s budget means that we can start the process sooner rather than later, albeit the numbers of new recruits are relatively low at present. It’s really good news for Humberside Police and for our communities.”
In order to reduce back office costs, Humberside Police have agreed to undertake training of the new student officers jointly with South Yorkshire Police using trainers drawn from both forces.
Ros Taylor, chair of the Humberside Police Authority, said: “I’m absolutely delighted by the news and I’m sure the public will share this view.
“In setting this year’s budget, which included a precept increase, Authority members were determined to provide support for policing in Humberside.”