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The government has announced a funding increase of £1.1 billion for the UK policing system to recruit an extra 20,000 officers and tackle crime

The UK policing system will receive an extra £1.1 billion of government funding between 2020 and 2021, totalling to £15.2 billion.

£150 million of the fund will be used to fight organised crime and online child abuse. While £39 million will aid in tackling serious violence, including a £20 million allocation for drug dealing, which has seen an increase in gangs terrorising local towns.

£906 million will also be given to counter-terrorism policing.

An investment of £700 million will also be made to improve recruitment and training, allowing for 6,000 of the 20,000 additional police officers by the end of March 2021.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“This government is delivering on the people’s priorities by giving policing the biggest funding increase in a decade.

“It will mean more officers tackling the crime blighting our streets, so people can feel safe in their communities.

“The police must now make full use of this significant investment to deliver for the public.”

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