Recruiting an additional 20,000 police officers was tipped as an early commitment from the new PM on his campaign trail.
It'll be interesting to see whether this provides an opportunity to 'move the dial' on diversity and bring in more police officers from non-white backgrounds.
Look back to 2015 and the then PM (David Cameron) pledged that 20% of new police officer recruits would be BAME.
Now fast forward to 2018 and we can see the results - 7% of all officers are now BAME (the highest proportion since records began) but only 9% of new recruits are BAME.
So what needs changing? The recent Home Office Front Line Review (published last month) gave some pointers.
It indicates that new recruits are not prepared for the realities of policing.
The application process is not considered effective at selecting the best candidates for the role and feedback for those who failed recruitment boards was felt to be lacking. The suggestion was that a greater focus on applicants’ qualities and experiences rather than just assessing them against a set process would lead to candidates who are more 'job ready' with a better understanding of what the role entails.
And finally there's also a chance to revisit the recruitment marketing. As you can see from the image above there's little differentiation between what different forces are saying.
Recruitment of 20,000 new police officers to begin 'within weeks' The prime minster and Home Secretary Priti Patel visited Birmingham on Friday after announcing the recruitment drive The recruitment of 20,000 new police officers in England and Wales will begin within weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. The College of Policing welcomed the pledge but warned of "logistical challenges", partly because of concerns of a lack of instructors for training. It is "not just getting people through the doors", its chief executive said. Home Office figures show that forces in England and Wales lost 20,564 officers between March 2010 and March 2019.