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The trouble with politicians is their words always have a meaning below surface-level.

In this instance, it seems fledgeling prime minister Boris Johnson’s promise to put 20,000 more police officers on our streets within three years is empty.

He is on record as having said: “I promised 20,000 extra officers and that recruitment will now start in earnest.”

But it seems clear that retirement and natural wastage means that number of new police will keep numbers at a standstill.

There will be no extra police officers at all. I wonder if BoJob would care to explain this apparent calculation cock-up?

DCI Warren Hines, from the West Midlands Police Federation said: “I think the announcement is welcome, policing has been hollowed out to an unrecognisable position, but Boris said he wants 20,000 officers in post within next three years.

“Well if [you] look at number of officers we are likely to lose in the next three years, through retirement and natural wastage, we will lose 20,000 over that period. We will only be where we are now.”

Source: Boris Johnson’s plan to recruit 20,000 police officers has already been debunked, here’s why

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