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The Police and Crime Commissioner is delivering on his promise to increase visible policing in West Mercia with a further investment of nearly £50,000 in e-bikes.

The e-bikes will help officers cover longer distances, with an even greater reach into communities. A mixture of all terrain off road bikes and urban hybrid bikes will help police reach the most rural of communities, whilst also reducing the need to drive.

Commissioner John Campion said “Our communities tell us time and time again that they want their police officers to be visible and accessible. Officers on bikes have been a traditional part of policing for many years, but by investing in more modern improvements to this, allows offers to cover vast distances of communities quickly as needed, engaging with the public, with the added benefit of reducing the environmental impact.”

West Mercia Chief Superintendent Paul Moxley for Local Policing said “These are a really welcomed addition to complement our current fleet and will add an extra dimension to our ability to get to our more rural communities. Our Safer neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs will be able to made great use of these new bikes and we’re pleased that we will be able to extend our reach, increase our visibility and make a small but important step to reducing the environmental impact of our fleet.”

Issued on: Thursday 3rd December 202