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A third of police officers will have less than three years experience by 2023

A third of Police Officers will have less than three years experience by 2023.

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This is because of the policing freeze and hardly any officers being replaced since 2010.

Which will cause a huge headache for forces and a big gap within policing experience?

An analysis which has been revealed by The Times means that despite plans to increase officers numbers by more than 145,000 in England and Wales over the next three years.

32 per cent of these will be inexperienced creating a huge headache for police forces.

Since 2010 thousands of police officers have left the force including the most experinced senior officers who bring a wealth of common sense and grounded policing experience.

Natural attrition and budget cuts meant that experienced officers could not be replaced. Austerity hit in and the police faced further budget cuts and no new officers.

Now there are huge concerns over the level of experience that those joining the forces will bring despite Boris Johnson pledging 20k officers in the next three years

But experts are warning those new recruits will require a number of years to build up the experience of the departed cops they are replacing.

Meaning there will be a skills gap within policing.

Within the report, they say that we do not need 20,000 officers we need a total of 53,000 officers who need to be recruited due to the high attrition rates within policing meaning 9,000 officers leave every year.

There are already concerns within police forces across the UK that they do not simply have the manpower to consistently achieve the results they want.

Crime results are low because there is not enough feet on the ground and more serious cases such as complex fraud lays unresolved.

The news comes at a time when the confidence within policing is at an all-time low because people know simply when they call the police they simply are not coming for low-level crimes so they’ve simply stopped reporting issues.

When the cops are called and they do attend they are losing faith in the ability of the police to deal with the crime and stop it from happening again.

In February, Matt Parr, Her Majesty‚Äôs Inspectorate of Constabulary, revealed that the public is not reporting certain crime types, such as car crime, due to a lack of faith that the offence will be resolved. 

‘I think particularly in the volume crime area the public has rumbled that the police capacity to deal with this is extremely limited,’ he said.

‘There are some strikingly low figures about car crime resolution meaning most of the public simply give up reporting it because the chances of anything positive happening are so slim.’

The Home Office remains optimistic that it will reach its recruiting targets. Last week, they announced that they were on track to enlist 6,000 new officers by March, although coronavirus constraints may derail those plans.  

Martin Hewitt, the National Police Chief’s Council’s chairman, told The Times: ‘The addition of 20,000 new police officers is welcomed. Policing has not proactively recruited at scale for a number of years.’ 

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news.

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