NEW officers have been confirmed for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight — as part of Home Office targets to increase its ranks by 20,000 over the next three years.

156 new police officers will be recruited into Hampshire Constabulary, and on the Isle of Wight, by the end of 2020-21 — although no specific Island figures have been laid out.

Announced by the Chancellor in the spending review, £750 million will help fund increasing police numbers, recruiting 6,000 additional officers nationally.

Michael Lane, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I am delighted Hampshire Constabulary will have additional officers as part of the first tranche of uplift the government has announced today.

“This is a very welcome commitment by Government and will keep our communities safer.

“But it must be seen as but the latest step, with more to come.

“In April, with the support of our communities and of those who pay Council Tax, I was able to approve an increase in recruiting this year that has already begun and will deliver 210 additional officers to our local front line in this financial year.

“With today’s announcement, there is now a combined commitment of 366 additional officers.

“I and my Chief Constable are ready to respond as these opportunities come online – and are ready and keen to go further and earlier to keep our communities safer earlier.”

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