Boris Johnson delivers the biggest rise in police numbers in almost two decades

BORIS Johnson has delivered the biggest rise in police numbers in almost two decades, figures will show this week.

Whitehall stats are expected to reveal 6,000 extra officers — hitting the PM’s first target two months early.

It will mean he’s a third of the way towards fulfilling his pledge of 20,000 more cops by 2023.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has been a driving force behind the Government’s law and order agenda.

A publicity blitz resulted in nearly 100,000 applications to join.

The overall headcount of officers in England and Wales rose to more than 91,000.

A source said: “Word came through a week or two ago that the target was about to be met.

“It’s some achievement because the standards required are high and lots of effort went into attracting the right people.

“There is a long way to go but hitting this target so quickly will provide the momentum needed to go the whole way.”

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