To date, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has only been allocated 1,369 additional officers from the Government. As I have made clear the MPS needs at least 6,000 of the Governments additional officers and 1,369 is not nearly enough.
Of the 1,369, the MPS aims to recruit 500 officers by end of March 2020 with the remaining 869 being in post by September 2020. The deployment of these new officers is an operational decision for the MPS.
In this year’s budget, I have invested £100.6m to tackle violent crime. Some of this investment will be used to bring forward the recruitment of a further 600 police officers in 20/21. This is on top of the 1,300 already being funded from City Hall