SAJID JAVID has vowed to hire an extra 20,000 police officers if he becomes the next prime minister.
The home secretary (pictured), one of the contenders for the Tory leadership, said he would spend £1billion over three years on recruitment.
He said he would ensure the officers were ‘pounding the pavements’ instead of sitting at desks, by working to ‘peel back layers of bureaucracy that have crept up over decades’.
Boosting police numbers — down by more than 20,000 since 2009 — would end a ‘culture of impunity’ among criminals, Mr Javid told The Sun. He added: ‘It’s what the police want, it’s what the public wants, and it’s what I will deliver.’
Labour’s Louise Haigh, the shadow policing minister, said Mr Javid had voted for ‘every single police cut and 21,000 fewer police officers’.