Following a recent commitment by Boris Johnson, a national campaign to recruit 20,000 new police officers has been launched urging people to join the police and ”Be a force for all”.

This recruitment drive is the biggest in decades and Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced funding to support the recruitment of a first wave of up to 6000 officers, who will be shared among the 43 forces in England and Wales.

This includes £750 million for 2020 to 2021 and an immediate £45 million to kick-start recruitment.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “One of the Government’s first actions was to commit to putting 20,000 new police officers on our streets, and the launch of today’s campaign shows we’ve wasted no time in getting on with the job. Our police are the best in the world. They protect our people and communities and this Government will ensure they are well resourced so they can tackle the crime on Britain’s streets”.

The “Be a force for all” campaign has been developed by the Home Office in partnership with the police and using feedback from the public via independent research.

It features serving police officers, including a neighbourhood officer, a police dog handler and a firearms officer. One of the officers started as a volunteer Special Constable, while another is a former charity executive who changed career.

They will appear on billboards and digital displays at locations across England and Wales, including at shopping centres and railway stations, as well as in a radio advertisement.

In addition, a new website has been set up at to provide potential recruits with more information and to direct them to the recruitment pages of local police forces.

Last reviewed 6 September 2019