Boris Johnson hits the campaign trail as he reveals new plan to start recruiting 20,000 police officers immediately

BORIS Johnson is out and about on the campaign trail once more as he reveals details of his plan to start hiring an extra 20,000 police officers immediately.

Despite weeks of gruelling hustings across the country, the new PM is on the road again and jumped straight into his domestic agenda.

He was in Birmingham today visiting a Police Learning and Development Centre, and was also due to have a walkabout.

Boris plans to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers and conduct an urgent review to make it easier for them to use stop and search.

The pledge was central to his Tory leadership bid, and formed part of chats at his first Cabinet meeting yesterday.

The move will cost nearly £1billion over three years in a nationwide programme.

He said ahead of the visit today: “My job as Prime Minister is to make our streets safer.

“People want to see more officers in their neighbourhoods, protecting the public and cutting crime.

“I promised 20,000 extra officers and that recruitment will now start in earnest.”

The first officers are expected in September.

A new national Policing Board will be charged with ensuring forces meet targets by 2022.

Insiders also said Mr Johnson wanted to roll out new stop and search powers nationwide.

But Boris didn't manage to stay free of his Brexit dilemma for long, as he was mobbed by protesters when he arrived in Birmingham.

Brits with signs saying 'Stay in EU' and 'Brexit. Is it worth it?' were brandished outside.




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