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PCC recruits mini officers dedicated to road safety to make a big difference in West Mercia.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion is pleased to welcome the latest batch of 20 ‘mini police officers’ to curb speeding and inconsiderate parking outside schools.

The recruits come in the form of metre-high police officers who stand outside schools warning passing drivers to slow down and not park on the zig-zag markings.

PCC John Campion is committed to reducing harm on the roads of West Mercia, as set out in his Safer West Mercia Plan. In 2019, the PCC funded and distributed 40 mini police officers across the three counties.

Officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be placing the new signs outside more schools that are suffering with speeding or parking problems in North Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

PCC John Campion said: “I am committed to making roads safer in West Mercia. The signs I funded in 2019 have been a real success so I wanted to see more of them in West Mercia helping to change driver behaviour.

“This isn’t the final solution, changing long-term driver behaviour is the only way to keep our children safe, but the signs will help in the meantime. I hope that these ‘mini officers’ will remind motorists to be more considerate outside schools. All too often people don’t respect the speed limits or think about where they are parking.”

Picture shows: PCC John Campion and Constable Natalie Baggott and Detective Constable Sian Evans from The Nedge SNT.