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Police officer numbers in West Mercia are set to reach their highest level in more than ten years, thanks to funding from PCC John Campion.

Delivering on the PCC’s commitment to increase the visibility and accessibility of police officers across West Mercia, more than 400 officers have already been recruited.

West Mercia Police has launched another recruitment drive to not only fill vacancies but add an additional 125 officers. This will bring the total number of officers to 2,456, the highest it has been since 2009 and close to the highest number of officers on record.

Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion said: “Communities across West Mercia have told me time and time again that they want more visible police officers patrolling their streets.

“I have listened to feedback and delivered on my commitment to increase officer numbers to their highest level in more than a decade. This is a substantial increase, which will make a significant impact across West Mercia – helping people to feel safe and be safe.

“Since I was first elected in 2016, I have championed a journey of reform which has seen a greater proportion of police budgets focused on front-line service delivery. I will continue to listen to the concerns of residents and shape the force to meet the changing needs of communities.”

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Cooper, said: “Starting a career in the police can be one of the best things you’ll ever do as you’ll make a real difference in your community, by helping to reduce and investigate crimes and making people safer.

“We are looking for talented people with a real aptitude for dealing with people, remaining calm and patient even in stressful or volatile situations, who are able to think on their feet and willing to develop new skills. You’ll start a career path that could see you specialise as a detective, firearms officer, patrol officer, dog handler, traffic cop, or the trusted face of West Mercia Police in one of our neighbourhood policing teams.

“Policing is both challenging and hugely rewarding, and as a student police officer, you’ll get to learn new skills, meet new people and study for a paid-for qualification, meaning that you can earn while you learn.”

Find out more information on the various routes to apply to join West Mercia Police.