Longer sentences for violent and sexual offenders could be introduced and early release schemes are to be reviewed

Boris Johnson has set out a resoundingly tough stance on law and order ahead of a possible autumn general election, with a trio of announcements on extending jail terms, building new prisons and increasing police stop-and-search powers.

Eschewing the more liberal approach to criminal justice briefly tried when Michael Gove was justice secretary, and prompting Labour criticism about choosing posturing over substance, Johnson said punishments “must truly fit the crime”.

(September 3, 2019) 

In March 2019 there were 126,000 police officers in England and Wales. This includes 4,000 officers from the British Transport Police. Policing is devolved in Scotland, and the country has had the equivalent of between 16,500 and 17,000 full- time officers for the best part of a decade. Northern Ireland has around 6,500 officers.

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