“When I first stood on the steps of Downing Street as prime minister, I promised to back the police and make people safer…,” Boris Johnson said.
Boris Johnson has pledged to back all actions to reduce crime by targetting drug abuse. Part of the crime plan which is set to commit to the delivery of 9,000 extra police officers will make headway towards the election pledge of 20,000 additional officers by 2023.
In a statement of commitment to the plan, Mr. Johnson said: “When I first stood on the steps of Downing Street as prime minister, I promised to back the police and make people safer, because we cannot level up the country when crime hits the poorest hardest and draws the most vulnerable into violence.
“That is why my government has remained unstinting in its efforts to protect the British public and this plan delivers a fresh commitment, as we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, to have less crime, fewer victims, and a safer society.”
The government has also proposed that every neighbourhood in England and Wales should have a named police officer for residents to get in touch with whenever there is a need.
A named officer to every neighbourhood will enhance the tacking of persistent crime and anti-social behaviour as the officers “know their area”.
However, opposition party Labour has criticized the Boris Johnson led government for being “all talk and no action” on law and order.
The stop and search plans would give “greater police powers and more oppressive policies will only funnel young people into the criminal justice system, “Campaigning group Liberty damned the government`s plans.