EIGHT years of cuts to Thames Valley Police could be 'made good' by the new police officers rolled out by Boris Johnson, the police and crime commissioner has said. 

Responding specifically to whether the news of more officers promised by the new prime minister will help reduce crime in Oxford, the elected head of the force, Anthony Stansfeld, said: "Thames Valley Police continues to face an increase in both demand and financial pressures, and I was pleased that the prime minister has promised another 20,000 officers.

"This should make good the cuts to Thames Valley Police over the last eight years." 

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The exact number of officers TVP will recruit from the thousands promised is not yet known.

However Matthew Barber, the deputy PCC – who is due to take over next year – wrote on Twitter that he was at a big meeting to 'discuss the recruitment'. 

He said: "Heading to Westminster this morning for meetings with PCCs from across the country and the Policing Minister. 

"Lots to discuss including the recruitment of additional officers and improved collaboration."

The PCC account tweeted this afternoon to say that they had been to speak to Boris Johnson and the home secretary about the recruitment drive.