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Priti Patel is halfway to reaching target of putting 20,000 more police officers on the streets


PRITI Patel is halfway to reaching her target of putting 20,000 more police on the streets, it will be announced this week.

New figures are expected to show the Home Secretary is well on course to delivering her pledge before the next election.

Every force across England and Wales has met or exceeded its recruitment target - including more ethnic minority officers.

Top cops predict this week’s latest stats will show that they have now passed the 10,000 mark.

Ministers have vowed to hire at least 6,000 new police officers every year to meet the target within three years.

An estimated 150,000 people have applied to join the police since the start of the recruitment drive.

Ministers say there are now more than 10,000 ethnic minority cops in Britain’s forces - the highest number on record.

There are also more women serving than ever before, too.

Ms Patel has been the driving force behind the campaign which has resulted in the biggest rise in police numbers in almost two decades.

A publicity blitz resulted in a surge in applications to join which has helped to hit the targets early.

This week’s stats are also expected to reveal the overall headcount of officers in England and Wales now stands at more than 95,000.

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