Boris Johnson accused of misleading public over police numbers

Labour say home secretary’s letter suggests officers will be recruited away from frontlineLabour has accused Boris Johnson of misleading the public when he promised to recruit 20,000 police officers after it emerged from leaked correspondence...

Boris Johnson accused of misleading public over police numbers

Labour say home secretary’s letter suggests officers will be recruited away from frontline

Labour has accused Boris Johnson of misleading the public when he promised to recruit 20,000 police officers after it emerged from leaked correspondence that thousands are likely to be recruited away from frontline roles.

The opposition has seized on a letter written by the home secretary, Priti Patel, to the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, last week, in which she says the new officers will be allocated “between territorial, regional and national policing functions”.

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