I agree, that getting numbers back to a correct level is the priority. Arming is a discussion to be had at sometime.This whole thing is a joke, amount spent on MPs 2nd home expenditures,and faster rail system, could pay for the 20,000 short fall in police,also get the best support for overworked and disrespected police force,it not about arming them it's about getting respect back
With natural wastage and turnover, the estimate is that closer to 50,000 cops will need to be recruited over the 3 years to get to a plus 20,000 figure from now. My force are estimated to have 156 extra officers at the end of this recruiting years, we have lost 1000 warranted officers. So we will be nowhere near 2010 numbers for a long time. That doesn’t factor in population growth and the increase in legislation and the complexity of crime.
The rest of The CJS also needs scaling back up to provide courts, prisons and probation etc.