EVESHAM’s MP Nigel Huddleston has welcomed the announcement that West Mercia Police has been given additional financial investment by the Government to recruit an extra 93 police officers next year.
The extra funding is part of the Government’s pledge to recruit 20,000 extra police officers over the next three years.
West Mercia and other police forces around the country will receive further funding over the coming years to complete the recruitment drive.
Following the announcement Mr Huddleston said: “It is great news that an additional 93 West Mercia Police officers will be on Worcestershire’s streets and countryside from next year.”
“We all want to see more police officers helping keep our communities safe, which is why I am also pleased that officer numbers for West Mercia Police have recently hit a seven-year high,” he added.
Overall the force is to gain an additional 176 police officers by the end of the year.
“I very much hope West Mercia receives its fair share of the additional 20,000 police officers that are now being recruited enabling West Mercia and its Police and Crime Commissioner to put even more police on the beat,” Mr Huddleston added.
John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I am delighted the Prime Minister is making good his commitment to deliver 20,000 additional police officers with this down payment of 93 new officers for West Mercia. The additional officers will make a real difference to our communities.
“It is right we give our local police the resources and support they need to protect our communities and keep our police safe.
“This builds on my recent investment of 215 Police Officers and will reinforce the message to criminals that if they commit crime in a West Mercia they will feel the full force of our well-equipped police force.”