Rachel has welcomed the announcement that 123 police officers have been recruited in West Mercia in the first year of the Prime Minister’s campaign to recruit 20,000 officers.

So far, 8,771 additional officers have been recruited across England and Wales. This means the Government’s target of recruiting 6,000 by March 2021 in the first year of the programme has been dramatically exceeded.

The addition of these new officers brings the total number of police across West Mercia up to 2,297, meaning there are now more frontline officers on our streets to keep the public safe.

In addition to the 123 officers recruited as part of the Government’s election promise to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers by March 2023, West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, has also recruited 277 additional officers, meaning there are 400 more police officers than when he was first elected in 2016.

Rachel said:

“Now that John Campion has been re-elected, I look forward to continuing to work with John as he recruits more officers, tackles rural crime and makes our streets and roads safer.

“He has already delivered more police officers for Redditch and I know he will continue listening to local concerns, ensuring our town continues to be a safe place to live.”