Additional £191 million for Met to keep our streets safe

James Brokenshire has welcomed news that the Metropolitan Police Force will receive an extra £191 million to tackle crime and keep our streets safe – an increase of 8% from last year.

The Government has announced an increase of up to £1.1 billion for police forces throughout England and Wales, to ensure our police can focus on keeping communities safe. It comes on top of the Conservatives’ plan to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers, along with ensuring they have more powers and better kit.

 Metropolitan Police Force is already set to receive an additional 1,369 officers this year, with more to come in the future. As a result, overall police funding is set to increase by the biggest amount in a decade. This will see more money available to recruit, train and equip police officers, as well as investment in national priorities like tackling serious and organised crime, and our counter-terrorism capabilities.

Commenting, James said:

“I am delighted that police funding in the Met could increase by up to £191 million next year.”

“We made a commitment to people at the election that we would crack down on crime and back our brave police to get on with the job. The Government is wasting no time in delivering on that promise now. It is important that the police have the powers and resources needed to keep our citizens and communities safe.”