West Mercia Police is set to receive an additional £13 million in its funding next year, thanks to the Conservative Government’s increase to police budgets.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced policing will receive up to £15.8 billion in 2021-22 – an increase of £636 million on last year.
This includes over £400 million recruit 20,000 extra police officers by 2023, delivering on the promise made by the Conservatives in last year’s General Election. West Mercia Police has already benefited from an additional 105 officers.
The funding will be also be used to bolster counter-terrorism policing, including money for armed policing and more officers.
The Conservative Government has been determined to support the police throughout the coronavirus pandemic, as officers have worked tirelessly to keep communities safe. The Government has provided £30 million to help forces step up coronavirus enforcement and has reimbursed forces for all additional PPE purchased between March and July.
Commenting, Worcester MP Robin Walker said:
“I am grateful to the officers and staff at West Mercia Police who always work hard to keep residents in Worcester safe. The additional £13 million for West Mercia Police next year will go a long way to ensuring they have the resources they need to do their job.
“At last year’s election we pledged to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers and now we’re getting on with the job of doing just that. I will continue to liaise with West Mercia Police to ensure we’re working together on Worcester’s priorities.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“We have asked more of the police than ever before during the coronavirus pandemic – the British people and I are extremely grateful for their dedication.
“I am absolutely committed to giving the police the resources they need – this funding package delivers on that.
“It will allow us to continue to put more police on the streets, and reduce crime as we build back safer from the pandemic.”