Police numbers in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire are set to be boosted in the near future by as the recruitment drive continues.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has invested in an additional 100 posts to take the target for officer numbers to over 2000.
West Mercia Police is also looking to fill a range of other roles, including support staff and apprenticeships.
Commissioner John Campion said “I promised to protect the visible and accessible policing which our communities want. Not only am I protecting the frontline, but I am delivering additional officers, to ensure West Mercia Police has the resilience to cope with changing demands. It is the people who make up policing, and I welcome the continued drive to recruit high quality candidates in a range of roles, who will deliver the quality of service our communities deserve.”
Martin Evans, Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing, said: “There is a huge range of opportunities available across the West Mercia area for people who want to make a difference to their local community by making it a safer place to live. We are looking for people to join the force as new officers, but we also welcome experienced police officers from other forces, including response officers, firearms officers and firearms
“You can help us make West Mercia Police reflect the communities it serves, as we particularly want to hear from people who are currently under-represented in our workforce, including women and people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. West Mercia Police provides great staff benefits and career opportunities, while the area itself offers the chance to live and work in peaceful countryside or bustling town centres. Whether you are an experienced officer looking to move to one of our beautiful counties, or you would like to embark on a new career in policing, we want to hear from you.”
PC Rebecca McDaid has been a police officer with West Mercia for 18 months. She said: “I was always interested in the police, but I never considered it as a career. At first I didn’t think I had the right qualities, but the more I was in the organisation, and the more positive feedback I got, the more I thought ‘I can do this’. The people are the best thing about my job. It’s a cliché, but they really are like a second family. It’s amazing, you get to work together but we also do so much outside work – some people in the team are my best friends, and they really are friends for life.
“I never knew what I wanted to do career-wise. I was 28 when I became an officer, and now I feel like I’ve found my way in life. There’s so many possibilities, and I can progress. It keeps it exciting.”
Issued: Tuesday 13th November 2018