115 Additional Officers Confirmed for West Mercia Police
Written by Dean Churm on February 8, 2019
An additional 115 officers will be recruited after West Mercia’s Police and Crime Panel approved budget plans submitted by Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion for an extra £13m.
This will take the West Mercia force to its highest number since 2012 and will be funded by an increase to the police precept which is charged with the council tax bill. The new measures will also see extra money for rural crime, CCTV, road safety and crime prevention initiatives.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commission John Campion, who was elected in 2016, said: “I promised I would ensure our police force has the resources needed to keep our communities safe. My budget provides the resources that the Chief Constable has told me he needs to deliver key service improvements around officer visibility and accessibility, emergency response times and victim satisfaction. I will continue to both hold the force to account, and support them, to ensure those improvements are delivered.”
“I also promised I would listen and respond to community voices as Commissioner. This budget shows how I am delivering on that promise. Our communities have consistently said they want more police, more visible, and more effective measures to tackle crime. That is what my budget delivers”.
“I will work tirelessly to ensure these extra resources deliver the best value and return on investment for our communities and help build a safer West Mercia”.
Council tax in Telford & Wrekin will increase, with residents seeing their monthly police precept rise between £1.08 (Band A) to £3.63 (Band H) a month.