Boris Johnson visits North Yorkshire to announce police recruitment figures
The Prime Minister visited North Yorkshire Police's headquarters yesterday to announce police recruitment figures.
Boris Johnson was joined by Home Secretary Priti Patel on the visit to Northallerton.
During the visit, the Prime Minister was introduced to new police recruits, petted a police dog and sat on a police motorbike.
Police forces in Yorkshire have hired 325 extra police officers in the first eight months of the Government's recruitment drive.
The recruitment campaign is 72 per cent towards meeting its first year target of 6,000 by March 2021, the Home Office said.
Although the number of police officers is rising, there are still 10 per cent fewer on duty compared to peak numbers just over a decade ago, according to other figures also published by the Home Office yesterday.
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