MORE police officers will be taking to Barnsley’s streets from next month.

A training programme - which has seen 71 new posts - allows recruits to patrol beats on their two-year anniversary.

A report said: “They will be working within Barnsley communities much more, as less of their time will be away training as part of the degree programme.

“This first cohort will bring more utility to the district and our communities.

“Our response teams will grow with fresh officers, as they develop their skills, experience and capabilities.

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“This will in turn enable more established officers to move on to more specialist roles.”