With the Spending Review to take place in the Spring, Rachel met with the Home Secretary to make the case for more funding for the police.
Overall police spending is protected in real terms until 2019/20, once local income is taken into account.
However, after hearing first-hand about the pressures the police are facing after spending time with officers on the frontline in Redditch, Rachel met with Sajid Javid in Parliament on Wednesday (November 21st) to press the case for more funding for West Mercia Police.
Rachel said: “We’re all well aware of the pressures our police are facing, and with the nature of crime changing, this needs to be matched with more funding and resources.
“The Home Secretary pointed out that police now deal with more cyber-crime than traditional crime, therefore patterns of police response need to change as a result. It’s not just about visible officers on our streets, it’s also about needing the right level of resource to match the rise in non-traditional crimes too.
“The Home Secretary was sympathetic to the concerns I raised and I know he will make the case to the Chancellor for more police funding in next year’s Spending Review.
Back in September, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, John Campion, announced an extra 100 police officers would be recruited – that’s on top of filling existing posts. Recruitment is already underway and will take West Mercia to a total of 2,030 police officers posts.
Rachel added: “I want to see any future increase in police funding to be directed towards increasing police officer numbers even further.
“A key driver in making residents feel safe in their communities is a visible police presence, and this is what I hope to see from increased police funding.”