As we move into a New Year in these unprecedented times we have seen a lot of courage, compassion and dedication from so many people, but it is very regrettable that some will use the current situation to their own advantage, seeking to exploit individuals and businesses.
At the end of last year, the Home Office announced the funding settlement for police across the country for the next financial year. In Thames Valley, this means an additional £12.6m in Government grant to pay for an additional 179 police officers. The increase in officers is the second part of the national uplift programme that will see 20,000 additional officers across the country by March 2023. In the Thames Valley, we have already recruited the extra 183 officers funded from the 2020/21 budget.
West Berkshire, along with large parts of the South East and the whole of London, has moved into Tier 4 restrictions from Sunday 20 December.
The move follows an announcement by the Prime Minister on Saturday (19 December) and means that tougher restrictions have been introduced in response to a rapidly rising level of coronavirus infections.