The number of police officers in Hertfordshire has exceeded 2,000 for the first time since 2011.

This equates to about one officer per 590 inhabitants in the county, whose population is estimated at about 1,180,900 people.

To mark this milestone event, Daniel Prisecaru, 35, who started training earlier in August, was awarded the 2001 number of the necklace.

Daniel Prisecaru (center) shaking hands with David Lloyd, Police Commissioner and Chief of Crime. With Hertfordshire Police Chief Charlie Hall and 28 other new recruits. Photo taken by the Hertfordshire police (14621020)
Daniel Prisecaru (center) shaking hands with David Lloyd, Police Commissioner and Chief of Crime. With Hertfordshire Police Chief Charlie Hall and 28 other new recruits. Photo taken by the Hertfordshire police (14621020)

"I am very proud to be trained as a police officer for the Hertfordshire Police. It's the work I've always dreamed of, "said this father of three, born in Romania.

Hertfordshire Police Chief Charlie Hall and Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd went to the Letchworth Police Station to meet with Daniel and 28 other interns.

Mr Lloyd said: "The people of Hertfordshire have said that they want to pay more agents on the streets and that is what they get.

"The council's fiscal precept has been increased by £ 24 a year for the average D band home. This has helped fund an additional 75 officers this year.

"I made sure our county maintained a neighborhood police model, with local police stations in each district."

He added: "We have seen an increase in demand, and more complex crimes have been reported, so it is important to ensure that the budget spends as much money as possible on the front line".

If you would like to join the Hertfordshire Police, visit www.herts.police.uk/Apply/Work-for-us/Work-for-us.

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