May the Force be with you New officers sworn in but Oldham needs “fair share”

AS Greater Manchester Police welcomes more than 150 new officers, Shaw councillor Howard Sykes says Oldham needs to receive its “fair share” of the fledgling crimefighters.

The new recruits recently attended an attestation ceremony at Stockport Town Hall.

They are part of a Government pledge to beef up numbers across forces throughout the United Kingdom.

“There have been many announcements both local and national about recruiting new police officers,” said Cllr Sykes, Liberal Democrat leader on Oldham Council.

“I want to make sure what we are hearing from the Government matches up with local people’s needs and expectations.

“I want to ensure we have enough officers on our streets to deal with the many issues that Oldham Borough faces.”

Cllr Sykes says more than 20,000 officers have been taken off the UK streets in the past decade.
“If the UK is getting 20,000 new officers, we need our fair share,” he added.

The recent ceremony attended by 152 officers, family, friends and civic dignitaries, marks the official start of officers commencing their official duties.

Chief Constable of GMP Ian Hopkins said: ”Attestations are a significant moment when undertaking a career in policing and a day to be proud of for all involved.

“As a force, we are committed to protecting the people of Greater Manchester and every day we have a chance to improve people’s lives.

“I have every confidence our new recruits will be a great asset to us here at GMP.

“Police officers serve a very important purpose of protecting society and helping keep people safe.

“As a force we take pride in offering the best possible service and reassure the people of Greater Manchester that keeping communities safe is at the forefront of the work we do every day.”

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