156 new Police recruits confirmed for Hampshire

156 new Police recruits confirmed for Hampshire

Published by Mike Draper at 12:47pm 31st July 2020.

3 minute read

The New Forest and Test Valley are both getting a share of the much needed additional Police Officers who're joining Hampshire Constabulary.

It's been confirmed 156 new police officers are joining the Hampshire Force, as part of the government's announced 'uplift programme'.


As of June 26 this year, the force had completed the last of its recruitment activity for the first year of this programme, with 3,000 applications being received.

The 156 new recruits will be deployed across the force area. Where they're allocated is based on analysis of crime figures and demand.

A Hampshire Police car parked in Stockbridge.
COVID-19: Hants Police are very happy they've been able to push forward with recruitment during the pandemic.


  • 8 new recruits will be deployed to The New Forest
  • 5 will be deployed in The Test Valley
  • 1 new officer will be added to the Police Countrywatch team

The rest are spread out across Hampshire with Southampton and Portsmouth getting the largest allocation of new Police recruits, with 20 and 18 respectively.

43 of the new officers will be deployed across local crime investigation departments, contact management, and specialist criminal investigation teams such as the Child Abuse Investigation or High Harm teams.

Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blyth said:

"We are constantly striving to serve and support all in our communities the best we can each day. Part of this is ensuring that, as a force, we truly reflect those we are serving. It is very pleasing to see that within the 3,000 applications received there 13 per cent who are from diverse backgrounds."

"I am also very happy that we have been able to push forward with our recruitment programme throughout the pandemic, and that we are now able to announce how we will be deploying the 156 officers who will be hired through the government uplift. It has been great to see many high quality candidates applying to join the force."

"Our aim is to become an employer of choice, focused on attraction, retention and progression, bringing the best and talented individuals into the Constabulary, ensuring they can all reach their true potential."

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