Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed news that the Home Office today has confirmed 93 additional Police Officers for West Mercia as part of the officer recruitment targets for every police force in England and Wales.

Strengthening police numbers is a priority for the government, which is providing £750 million to support forces to recruit up to 6,000 additional officers onto our streets by the end of 2020-21, the first stage in this new uplift. This is thanks to the additional funding announced by the Chancellor in the Spending Review.

The increase in Police Officers has been welcomed by the West Mercia Police and the Crime Commissioner John Campion with 93 new officers for West Mercia announced in the first tranche of the Prime Ministers increasing policing numbers by 20,000. These officers will be in addition to the 215 previously announced by the PCC, who are currently being recruited and trained.

The Home Secretary set out her vision for policing yesterday when she chaired the second meeting of the National Policing Board, involving representatives of front-line officers and police leaders. All officers recruited as part of the 20,000 uplift will be additional to those hired to fill existing vacancies.

They are also on top of the extra officers already being recruited because of the £1 billion increase in police funding for 2019-20, which includes money from council tax and for serious violence. Government funding for recruitment in 2020-21 will cover all associated costs, including training and kit.

The National Policing Board, set up by the Prime Minister in July to drive progress in recruitment and other major policing issues, yesterday heard that all forces are accelerating their recruitment already recruiting and the website for the campaign, ‘Be a Force For All’, has been visited more than 215,000 times.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said:

“Our communities want to see visible policing, and this excellent news from the Government, shows that this vision is shared locally and nationally.”

“Recruitment in West Mercia is already at record levels, and following my recent investment, by the end of the year the force will be at our highest officer numbers since 2012. I look forward to welcoming the additional officers, as this will have an even greater impact on making our communities safer.”

Speaking after the news, Robin said:

“I welcome the news this morning of the first tranche of local recruits for West Mercia Police and with more to follow under the Government’s plan for 20,000 more police officers nationwide.”

“I am in regular contact with West Mercia and advocate on their behalf in Westminster. This is a priority and I am pleased that the Government is delivering on this issue.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“The public are clear they want to see more police officers on their streets, whether they live in the city or the countryside.”

“Every single police force in England and Wales will be able to recruit additional officers this year to help keep all of our communities safer.”