The Conservative Government has announced the first tranche of police recruitment targets as part of a three-year programme to recruit 20,000 new police officers across the country.
West Midlands Police will immediately be able to recruit an extra 366 officers, with 93 for West Mercia, 90 for Staffordshire and 41 for Warwickshire.
That means an extra 590 officers across the West Midlands region.
Jay Singh-Sohal, West Midlands Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate said:
"Confirmation that the West Midlands is to receive 366 new police officers in year one of extra investment is a very welcome boost for a force that is stretched across seven Metropolitan districts.
“Residents and business are rightly concerned about rising crime levels across our region, and this officer increase will help to tackle some of our problem areas. I look forward to working with government to ensure we receive our fair share of officers in future as well.”
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.”
Rachel McClean, MP for Redditch said:
“It is great news that West Mercia Police will be able to recruit 93 new police officers next year, to help keep local communities and our streets safe, because this is what hardworking, honest, law-abiding people across Redditch want and expect and the Government to be driven by their priorities.
“This is just the start of action being taken to crack down on crime and make our streets safer. The Government is equipping police officers with the powers and resources they need to protect themselves and others from harm.
“Through empowering the police to keep us safe we are sending a clear message to criminals that they should feel terror at the thought of committing offences.”