The recruitment of 20,000 new police officers in England and Wales will begin within weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
Home Office figures show that forces in England and Wales lost 20,564 officers between March 2010 and March 2019.
Mr Johnson said he wanted the recruitment - which will be overseen by a new national policing board - to be completed over the next three years.
I happen to know that the police were "prepped" about this six months ago, so although this is now a Boris policy, it was something that the previous government had intended to do too.
Will it make a difference to the high crime rates? It can't make things any worse!