Police have pledged to recruit more officers for West Yorkshire.

And the hope is the new recruits will be out on patrols in local communities.

The West Yorkshire force is planning a recruitment campaign in the New Year following talks with the Police and Crime Commissioner.

It follows confirmation that feared cuts of up to 40% would not be made to policing budgets under the Government Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).

Exact numbers of new recruits have yet to be determined but they will fill some of the existing vacancies.

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Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said the change in circumstances will enable the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Force to now commence some initial recruitment.

“We are taking the opportunity to bolster our frontline in the short-term by addressing the current vacancies we’ve been holding.

West Yorkshire Deputy Chief Constable Dee Collins

“In the New Year, we will be opening the recruitment for these officers and details will be made available via the Force website. Those who meet the selection criteria will undertake a comprehensive training course to ensure they have all the necessary skills to provide the very best service to the public.”

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “Since 2010 and the beginning of Government austerity measures, there has been a steep reduction in the number of police officers and staff within West Yorkshire, approximately 2,000 less.

“We must now start to rebuild whenever we can to a sustainable level, which best meets the requirements and priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan.

“We know our communities want to see more officers on the streets, keeping them safer and feeling safer.

“This initial recruitment drive underlines our continued commitment to achieving this and a focus on protecting the most vulnerable.”