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Home Office in the media

Home Office in the media: Friday 26 July

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Home Office in the media

Today's leading stories include the announcement of a drive to recruit 20,000 more police officers and comments from crown court judge Mr Justice Bryan on knife crime.

Police recruitment

The announcement that a new national policing board will oversee the recruitment of 20,000 new officers over three years received widespread coverage this morning.

The Minister for Policing took part in interviews on Sky, BBC Breakfast, 5Live, Good Morning Britain, Today, Talk Radio and LBC.

Chief Executive of the College of Policing, Mike Cunningham, was on Today and welcomed the announcement, while highlighting the logistical challenges of recruiting so many officers in that amount of time.

More information on the recruitment drive can be found on Gov.UK.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

Officers up and down the country put themselves in danger every day to keep us safe, they deserve our support.

The rise we’ve seen in serious violence is deeply worrying. An additional 20,000 officers sends a clear message that we are committed to giving police the resources they need to tackle the scourge of crime.

This is the start of a new relationship between the government and the police working even more closely together to protect the public.

Knife crime

There is widespread coverage of the comments from crown court judge Mr Justice Bryan, who described Britain’s knife crime culture as a “cancer on society”.

The statement by Mr Justice Bryan was made as he sentenced two 17-year-olds for their involvement in the stabbing of Yousef Makki. Boy A was sent to a young offenders’ institution with a 16-month detention and training order after admitting possession of a knife and perverting the course of justice. Boy B was given a four-month detention and training order after also admitting possession of a knife.

Read our fact sheet on what we're doing to tackle serious violence.


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