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Local MP Lucy Frazer meets new police recruits

SOUTH East Cambridgeshire MP, Lucy Frazer paid a visit to Cambridgeshire Constabulary headquarters in Hinchingbrooke, Huntingdon today (Friday 23rd July) to observe some of the training received by new recruits.

The local MP was welcomed by Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston and Chief Constable, Nick Dean as she sat in on a training session with some of the recruits who are part of the Constabulary’s detective programme.  

The visit comes after the force met its latest recruitment as part of the national ‘uplift’ programme more than 9 months early in June 2021.

53 new recruits have now been sworn in since the beginning of the year and posted to Neighbourhood Policing teams across the county.

“Police officer numbers now stand at 1,658, the highest in the Constabulary’s history,” said Darryl. “It was great to be able to welcome Lucy along this morning to meet some of the force’s new recruits and join one of their training sessions.

“I know from meeting members of the public that people want to see more officers in their communities. In reaching this recruitment target early, the Chief Constable and senior officers have done a fantastic job. Today’s visit is testament to that.”

Lucy Frazer added:

“Recruiting more police officers to fight crime locally is one of my top priorities. The Government has committed to delivering an extra 20,000 nationally, and I am pleased that Cambridgeshire Constabulary has hit its uplift recruitment target more than 9 months early.

“Many of the new recruits I spoke to at the training day have changed career and it was great to hear about their enthusiasm and commitment for serving our community. 

“I know from conversations with my constituents that cutting crime and increasing police officer numbers is very important. I will continue to support the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable to ensure our region gets its fair share of new police officers.”

Commissioners Survey: The Commissioner is asking local people to provide their feedback in a short survey to inform a new Police and Crime Plan for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The survey is available here: and ends at 5pm on Friday 30th July.