London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that 20,000 additional police officials would be deployed to control the increasing crime in the UK and also that the process would be completed in the next three years. In the last few years, the number of violent crimes, including knife crimes, has dangerously risen in the UK. The incidents were attributed to a reduction in the police force and insufficient financial provisions.
After taking over as the Prime Minister last week, Johnson announced an assertive policy for the Interior Ministry and Ministry of Defence. The ‘National Policing Board’ was formed in the country for the very first time while laying focus on the police force for the maintenance of internal law and order. On Wednesday, the board convened its first meeting. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, director-general of the National Crime Agency Lynne Owens and other senior police officials, were present at the meeting.
Johnson announced the recruitment and deployment of 20,000 policemen, saying that ‘It is necessary to bring down the crime rate in the UK, and we have even attained a certain amount of success in doing so. However, there remain many areas which are progressing in the wrong direction. We can collectively find a way to contain the problems, and a strong police force is required to be a priority for it.’ Furthermore, Prime Minister Johnson claimed that the process would be completed in the next three years, and the government would make the necessary funds available for the purpose.
On the sidelines of the British Prime Minister’s announcement, the UK parliamentarians have demanded additional deployment around schools and nearby areas.